Takagi Sets World Record In 1,500m Speed Skating

Takagi sets world record in 1,500m speed skating

Japanese speed skater Miho Takagi has set a new world record by winning the women's 1,500-meter race at a World Cup event in the US state of Utah.

Takagi finished with a time of one minute and 49.83 seconds in Sunday's race in Salt Lake City.

She broke the world record set two races before by US skater Brittany Bowe. Bowe's record was one minute and 50.32 seconds.

Twenty-four-year-old Takagi is known for her ability to maintain her speed throughout a race.

In last year's PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Takagi won gold in the women's team pursuit, silver in the women's individual 1,500-meter event, and bronze in the 1,000 meters.

Another Olympic gold medalist from Japan, Nao Kodaira, got her 23rd World Cup win in the women's 500-meter race on Sunday.

In the men's 500 meters, Tatsuya Shinhama picked up his third World Cup win, setting a new Japanese record of 33.79 seconds.

A number of world records have been set at the Utah Olympic Oval, as athletes benefit from the high altitude and the low air resistance.