Established stars of the senior scene, new faces to watch and two junior World Records – the ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2020, held this weekend in Bormio, Italy, were a real thriller.
Just 0.002 seconds separated Kouki Kubo (JPN) and Laurent Dubreuil (CAN) in the Men's 1000m on the final day of the ISU Four Continents Championships in Milwaukee. It was the difference between gold and silver, with the Japanese youngster taking the highest honor. The Men's Team Pursuit title went to Canada, after Team USA were disqualified, leaving Republic of Korea topping the Men's medal tally with four golds, two silvers and one bronze.
Brianna Bocox led the USA to another 100 percent score in the ladies' events on the final day of the Speed Skating Four Continents Championships on Sunday. In front of a loud home crowd in Milwaukee's Pettit National Ice Center the 22-year-old US skater took the 1000m title and joined Mia Kilburg-Manganello and Paige Schwartzburg to win the Ladies’ Team Pursuit little more than an hour later. It was Bocox’s third gold medal over the weekend, but it was her teammate Manganello who topped the individual medal table with three golds and a bronze.
The Republic of Korea brought their top male skaters to the Four Continents tournament and it paid off on Saturday. Kim Min-Seok won the 1500m ahead of three Canadians, while Um Cheon-Ho and Chung Jae-Won landed gold and silver in the mass start at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee, USA.
Hosts USA took the honors in the Ladies tournament at the ISU Four Continents Championships on Saturday, with Mia Kilburg-Manganello winning the mass start to collect her second title of the weekend after Brianna Bocox (USA) got the day off to a flying start by taking the 1500m earlier in the afternoon.
Kim Joon-Ho (KOR) powered to the first-ever men's gold medal at the ISU Four Continents Championships in a 500m track record at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee on Friday and went on to add a Team Sprint gold together with compatriots Cha Min Kyu and Kim Jin-Su. In the 5000m Vitaliy Schigolev and Dmitry Morozov handed Kazakhstan gold and silver ahead of local hero Emery Lehman (USA).
Kim Min Sun (KOR) was crowned the first ever Four Continents Champion, when she won the Ladies' 500m to kick off the inaugural ISU Four Continents Championships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Friday. Home favorite Mia Kilburg-Manganello (USA) had the Star Spangled Banner played in her honor for the first time in senior competition after winning the Ladies' 3000m and Canada’s ladies concluded the day by taking gold in the Team Sprint.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, will host the inaugural ISU Four Continents Speed Skating Championships from January 31 to February 2. While the european speed skaters have had their annual continental championships since 1893, skaters from the other four continents have not had a similar opportunity to fight for a prize until this day. Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, China and the host nation mostly field their most talented youngsters in the new competition.
The ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships take place in Bormio, Italy from January 31 to February 2. The event, which has been running since 1994, has often provided an excellent insight into the future of Short Track Speed Skating – with current champions such as Suzanne Schulting, Choi Min Joeng, Shaoang Liu and Lee June Seo making it on to the podium in recent years.
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Home favourites Shaoang and Shaolin Sandor Liu won four more medals between them at the European Short Track Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, but were denied relay gold after being penalised in the final event. Dominant Dutch skater Suzanne Schulting added three more titles to her Saturday tally.