Dominant Bowe wins again at speedskating World Cup finals
HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (AP) Brittany Bowe won her fourth race of the speedskating World Cup finals on Sunday, taking the 1,000 meters to underscore her dominance of the event this season.
Bowe won in 1 minute 14.22, beating world champion Jorien ter Mors of the Netherlands into second place. Bowe's American teammate Heather Richardson-Bergsma was third. Bowe was already assured of winning the season-long World Cup standings before she raced at Thialf oval.
In the season's final World Cup tournament, Bowe won both 500 meter races and the 1,500 before Sunday's victory in the 1,000.
Ter Mors usually makes up time on Bowe in the later stages of the sprint, but not in this race.
''Brittany skated a great race with a really strong final lap,'' Ter Mors told Dutch broadcaster NOS.
Russia was missing its top skater, world sprint champion Pavel Kulizhnikov, who did not appear after testing positive for meldonium, but his countrymates Ruslan Murashov and Denis Yuskov made up for his absence on Sunday.
Yuskov won the 1,500 in 1:45.39 to top the season's standings. Sverre Lunde Pedersen of Norway was second and Bart Swings of Belgium finished third.
Murashov finished second behind Dutchman Ronald Mulder in Sunday's 500 meters to go level on points with Kulizhnikov at the top of the World Cup standings.