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S. Korean breaks national record on Day 1 of speed skating worlds

All Headlines 19:09 February 09, 2017

By Yoo Jee-ho

GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korean speed skater Kim Bo-reum broke a national record at the world championships on home ice on Thursday.

Kim set a South Korean record in the women's 3,000m with 4:03.85 at the International Skating Union (ISU) World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships at Gangneung Oval in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, some 230 kilometers east of Seoul. She finished sixth among 20 skaters.

The previous national record, also held by Kim, had been 4:04.62, and Kim's fastest time this season had been 4:05.91.

This competition is a test event for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, and the first official at Gangneung Oval, the Olympic speed skating venue.

Kim was the only South Korean to skate on Thursday. No Korean will be in the men's 5,000m, the only other event set for Thursday.

Irene Wust of the Netherlands, the reigning Olympic 3,000m champion, finished first Thursday with 3:59.05, followed by Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic at 3:59.65.

Kim is ranked 15th in the ISU World Cup points standings this season. Her main event is mass start, which will take place on Sunday, the final day of the worlds. Kim is the World Cup leader in mass start this season with two victories and two third-place finishes in four starts.

There are four races scheduled for Friday, including the women's 500m, where South Korean Lee Sang-hwa, the two-time reigning Olympic champion, will go for her fourth world title.

South Korean Kim Bo-reum races in the women's 3,000m at the he International Skating Union (ISU) World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships at Gangneung Oval in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on Feb. 9, 2017. (Yonhap)

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