Unstoppable Herzog goes back to back

Unstoppable Herzog goes back to back
By Sportsbeat

08/12/2018 at 21:25Updated

Vanessa Herzog broke the track record for the second day in a row as she cemented her place atop the Speed Skating World Cup women's 500m standings in style.

Herzog cruised home in 37.949 seconds in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, breaking the track record that she herself had set just 24 hours prior, to grab a second victory in as many days.

She beat Russia's Olga Fatkulina by 0.15 seconds, with Brittany Bowe of the USA crossing the line in third, and now has 336 points in the overall standings – Fatkulina is second on 272 and Bowe has 257.

In the men's 500m, Pavel Kulizhnikov also made it a double for the weekend in Poland as his time of 34.672 was good enough to push Japanese duo Tatsuya Shinhama and Yuma Murakami into second and third respectively.

Shinhama still holds a narrow advantage over the Russian in the overall standings, however, thanks to his pair of wins on home ice in Tomakomai last month.

Meanwhile in the men's 1500m Denis Yuskov record his second win in three races this season with a track record of his own.

The Russian clocked 1:46.783 to beat Japan's Seitaro Ichinohe by 0.59 seconds, with South Korea's Min Seok Kim a further half a second back in third.

Despite a commanding display, Yuskov still trails his Japanese rival by 17 points in the overall standings.

And in the women's 1500m, Miho Takagi took sole possession of top spot in the season-long standings by holding off Ireen Wust of the Netherlands and Bowe to record a first victory of the campaign.

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