Olympic champion speed skater Martina Sáblíková broke her own world
record in the 3,000m race on Saturday at the ISU World Cup Finals in Salt
Lake City, USA.
She clocked in at 3:52.027, eclipsing her prior mark of 3:53.31 from last week in Calgary.
This is the third world record in 10 days for the 31-year-old athlete, the Czech Republic’s first to win two gold medals at a single Olympic Winter Games back in 2010.
American Olympic gold-medalist Mikaela Shiffrin has won the World Cup
slalom in the Czech ski resort where she began her racing career in 2011.
Shiffrin set a new record for the most Alpine Skiing World Cup triumphs in a season, 15, after winning the slalom in Špindlerův Mlýn.
Switzerland's Wendy Holdener finished second. Petra Vlhová of Slovakia, the only skier other than Shiffrin to win a women's World Cup slalom since January 2017, placed third.
Czech teen Gabriela Capová placed fourth.
Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková won her fifth combined world
championship title in Calgary on Sunday. The long-distance specialist won
the women’s final 5000-metre race in six minutes, 42 seconds, beating her
own record set in 2011.
The 31-year-old Sáblíková beat her nearest rival Miho Tagaki, in second place, by around 20 seconds to secure the combined title.
Czech skier Kateřina Smutná defended the bronze medal at the traditional
90km Vasaloppet race in Sweden on Sunday. The women’s race was won by
Sweden’s Britta Johansson-Norgren.
In the men’s race, Stanislav Řezáč of the Czech Republic finished in the sixth place. It was the 21st start at the Vasaloppet for the 45-year-old marathon skier, who won a total of four medals over the years. Norway's Tore Berdal took the win, finishing ahead of his compatriot Stian Holegaard.
The Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková won the 3,000 meters race at
the World Allround Championships in Calgary on Saturday, improving the
almost 13-year-old world record held by Canadian Cindy Klassen.
The 31-year-old Czech covered the distance in a time of 3.53.31, three hundredths of a second below the time Klassen put down in March 2006.
The three-time Olympic champion also holds the world record on the 5 kilometers, which she set in February 2011 in Salt Lake City with a time of 6.42,66. Sáblíková is currently second in the overall competition, 2.8 seconds behind Miho Tagaki of Japan.
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