Rus­sia’s Kulizh­nikov breaks world 500 record - again

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SALT LAKE CITY: Rus­sia’s Pavel Kulizh­nikov broke the world 500-me­ter record for the sec­ond time in a week Fri­day, fin­ish­ing in 33.98 sec­onds in a World Cup speed­skat­ing event. Kulizh­nikov set the pre­vi­ous mark of 34.00 on Sun­day in Calgary, Alberta, break­ing the record of 34.03 set by Canada’s Jeremy Wother­spoon in 2007. “I un­der­stood the ice was faster here, so I wanted to skate faster,” Kulizh­nikov said through an in­ter­preter. Kulizh­nikov grinned ear-to-ear dur­ing a post-race cer­e­mony to honor the mo­ment. The Utah Olympic Oval has an enor­mous plaque at the en­trance that lists the world records and those set at the Oval. Kulizh­nikov stood on a lift and re­moved his name with the old record and re­placed it with the new mark. Amer­i­can Mitchell Whit­more was a ca­reer-best sec­ond in an Amer­i­can-record 34.19. It was the 25-year-old’s first podium fin­ish since start­ing World Cup com­pe­ti­tion at 18 years old. “I didn’t really think about podi­ums so much un­til maybe three years ago when I started get­ting close,” Whit­more said. “Then the last two years, really, I’ve been hun­dredths off mul­ti­ple times. It was awesome to fi­nally get there.” The Nether­lands’ Kjeld Nuis won the 1,500 in 1:42.14. Amer­i­can Joey Man­tia was sec­ond in 1:42.45, and team­mate Shani Davis third in 1:42.90.— AP

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