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Women reset speedskating record

The Yomiuri Shimbun

From left, Ayaka Kikuchi, Nana Takagi and Miho Takagi show their medals on the podium after winning the women’s team pursuit at a World Cup meet in Calgary on Saturday.

The Yomiuri ShimbunCALGARY — The Japan women’s team broke the world record they set last month in their team pursuit win at a speedskating World Cup meet here on Saturday, notching their second straight victory in the series.

The trio of Miho Takagi, Ayaka Kikuchi and Nana Takagi clocked 2 minutes 53.88 seconds in the third meet of the season. That shaved 1.89 seconds off their previous record, set last month at the opening meet in Heerenveen, the Netherlands.

Miho Takagi won the women’s 3,000 meters the previous day, becoming the first Japanese to win the event at the World Cup. She clocked 3 minutes 57.09 seconds, breaking Maki Tabata’s national record set in 2002 by 3.92 seconds.Speech

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