During the heats of a World Cup stop outside of Salt Lake City on Friday, Dutch Women’s Suzanne Schulting and Xandra Velzeboer, both of the Netherlands, skated their way to new short track speed skating world records.
At that distance, Olympic champion and reigning 1000-meter dash holder Schulting clocked in with a time of 1 minute and 25.958 seconds.
Her previous best time was 1:26.514, which she set at the Olympics in February. At that event, she also broke a world record that had stood for ten years and made history by becoming the first woman to break an individual world record at the Olympics since 2010.
Velzeboer, who was a member of the Dutch women’s relay team that won the gold medal at the Olympics in February
Smashed the world record for the 500-meter sprint on Friday. The current world champion in the 500-meter race skated a time of 41.416 seconds, breaking the previous record of 41.936 seconds established by Canadian Kim Boutin on the same rink in November 2019.
The finals for the 500- and 1000-meter races will take place on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
At this time, the Utah Olympic Oval ice is responsible for setting every individual world record in the Olympic distances of 500 meters, 1000 meters, and 1500 meters for both men and women.
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