Ice skating: Wiklund improves Norwegian record 1500 meters – new fourth place for Lorentzen

This separates 42 percent to American winner Brittany Bowe. Wiklund was just three tenths of a podium spot when he set a time of 1.52.47 and a best record. That’s 14 percent faster than when he set a Norwegian record in Salt Lake City recently.

The 21-year-old from Oslo took sensational World Cup gold in the 1500 meters last winter. She will be a Norwegian medal candidate at the Beijing Olympics in February.

In the men’s 1000 meters, Håvard Holmefjord Lorentzen was fourth fastest. He finished at 1.07.11 and 45 percent behind winner Ning Zhongyan of China. Also a week ago, Lorentzen finished fourth in the distance.

Allan Dahl Johansson reached 1.07.99 and became number 14.

The previous week, Bjørn Magnussen was the fastest in group B in the 500 meters. With a time of 34.36, Trøndelag’s men set the best record, and he beat Russian world record holder Pavel Kulizhnikov by three hundredths of a second. The two of them went together.

The 23-year-old player lowered his personal record to 13 percent. He managed a better time than the reigning Olympic champion Lorentzen got in group-A on the Canadian ice.

The Bergen native got off to a shaky start and didn’t manage to get a good finish either. Lorentzen shook his head as 34.65 appeared on the light board. It only held on to 19th place. He finished 74/100 seconds behind Russian winner Viktor Mushtakov.

Lorentzen did better at the double distance a few hours later.

Ken Robbins

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