Canada’s Ted-Jan Bloemen and Japan’s Nao Kodaira broke world records as the International Skating Union Speed Skating World Cup in Salt Lake City concluded.
Bloemen produced a superb performance in the men’s 5000 metres at the Utah Olympic Oval, as he lowered the record of 6min 3.32sec, held by Dutch star Sven Kramer.
The mark had stood for 10-years, but Bloeman was able to set a faster time of 6:01.86 to earn the record and gold.
“I always looked up to that old world record,” said Bloemen.
“That was such an epic race and Sven was so angry.
“His 6:03 was so much faster than all the ties that were ever skated and even after that race no one actually has come close.”
Germany’s Patrick Beckert was some way behind the winner in 6:07.02, with his team-mate Moritz Geisreiter taking bronze in 6:07.31.
The result saw Bloemen move to the top of the 5000m/1000m World Cup ranking on 340 points, with the absent Kramer now second on 300.
Kodaira achieved her third victory of the weekend, with the Japanese star having already secured wins in the 500m events.
She powered to the 1000m world record to complete the hat-trick, with the 31-year-old finishing in a time of 1:12.09.
Miho Takagi won the silver medal behind her compatriot in a personal best 1:12.63, while Yekaterina Shikhova produced a Russian national record 1:13.23 for bronze.
Kodaira remains top of the World Cup standings on 305 points, with Takagi behind on 240.
Having set the men’s 1500m world record yesterday, Denis Yuskov achieved a second gold medal over the shorter 1000m distance.
He triumphed in a national record 1:06.92, edging Dutch skater Koen Verweij by just 0.02 seconds in a closely fought competition.
Yuskov’s team-mate Pavel Kulizhnikov ended 0.04 off the pace to secure bronze.
Fourth placed finished Kai Verbij remains at the top of the overall standings for the discipline on 320 points, with Norway’s Havard Holmefjord Lorentzen second with 272.
Records continued to fall as Russia’s Natalia Voronina set a national best 3:57.70 to win the women’s 3000m.
The podium was completed by Martina Sáblíková of the Czech Republic and Germany’s Claudia Pechstein, who finished in 3:57.84 and 3:58.69 respectively.
Voronina now leads the overall World Cup for the women’s 3000m/5000m on a total of 265, with Sáblíková second on 250.