World records fall at Oval Finale

American speed skater Chad Hedrick broke the world record in the men’s 3,000-metre distance on day two of the Olympic Oval Finale.

Hedrick skated a personal best time of three minutes and 39.02 seconds, taking more than three seconds off the old record. In personal best time of 3.43.59, Canadian National team member Steven Elm of Red Deer broke his Canadian record in the distance to place second. Netherlands’ Wouter Oldeheuvel placed third, setting a new World Junior record and a new personal best time of 3.44.72.

With a personal best time of 1.56.69, Ireen Wuust of The Netherlands, broke the Junior World record and placed first in the Ladies’ 1500 metre - all round short. Second went to teammate Annette Gerritsen. Canada’s Kerry Simpson, of Melville, Saskatchewan, placed third. Gerritsen also captured gold in the 500 metre - all around short, followed by Simpson and Wuust.

Austria’s Anna Rokita placed first ahead of Japan’s Minatsu Onodera and Alberta’s Shannon Sibold in the Ladies 1500 metre – all around long.

The men’s 10,000-metre and Ladies 5,000-metre races continue in late afternoon competition.

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