Speed Skating: Kodaira Wins Women's 500

Speed skating: Kodaira wins women's 500

Japanese skater Nao Kodaira won the gold medal in the women's 500-meter at the ISU Speed Skating World Cup in Salt Lake City in the United States on Saturday.

She finished in 36.47 seconds, setting a new national record for Japan. She extended her winning streak for the event at the world cup to 22 wins.

In the women's 1,000 meters, Japan's Miho Takagi finished second after US skater Brittany Bowe.

Takagi broke the world record with a finishing time of 1 minute 11.71 seconds, but about two minutes later Bowe replaced that record. Kodaira finished third.

In the men's 500 meter race, Japan's Tatsuya Shinhama took the silver medal. He broke the world record by 0.15 seconds, finishing the race with 33.83.

But Russia's Pavel Kulizhnikov surpassed Shinhama with a finishing time of 33.61. Another Japanese skater Yuma Murakami finished third with 34.11.

A number of world records have been set at the Utah Olympic Oval due to its high altitude of 1,400 meters above sea level and the associated low air resistance.