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Davis wins title at US?Long Track Championships

December 30, 2012
The Mining Journal

KEARNS, Utah (AP) - U.S. Olympian Shani Davis won the men's 1,000-meter finals while Heather Richardson dominated the U.S. Long Track Championships for the second straight day Saturday.

Richardson set a national record in winning the 1,000 meters and wrapping up the sprint title.

Davis, currently a Chicago resident, is a graduate of Marquette Senior High School and trained at the U.S. Olympic Education Center.

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Shani Davis skates to a win in the men’s 1,000-meter finals at the U.S. Long Track Championships speedskating event held Saturday in Kearns, Utah. (AP photo)

He won the 1,000 in 1:08.57. Brian Hansen was second at 1:08.74, and Jonathan Garcia took third at 1:09.24.

"It's a short race so you have to push yourself," Davis said. "You have to go out there and give it your all and if you're able to win, great."

Richardson's time of 1 minute, 13.52 seconds at the Utah Olympic Oval broke Olympian Chris Witty's old mark of 1:13.83 set in 2002.

"I was really happy I was able to break the record. It's been standing for a long time," said Richardson, who won the 500 title in 37.34 seconds on Friday for the fastest time in the world this year.

Brittany Bowe finished second in the 1,000 in 1:14.95 and Sugar Todd was third at 1:16.72. Richardson, Bowe and Todd qualified for the world sprint and winter World Cup team.

Richardson won the sprint title with a 111.610 point total. Bowe was second at 113.845 and Todd took third at 116.000.

Mitch Whitmore, who won the men's 500 on Friday, took the sprint title with a combined total of 105.350. Garcia finished second at 106.090. Clay Cholewinski was third at 106.185. Whitmore and Garcia qualified to represent the U.S. at the world sprint championships in January.

The meet runs through Monday.



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