One Japanese women's speed skating streak ended while another was extended on Friday, when Nao Kodaira failed to win the 500 meters at the ISU Single Distance Championships, but her teammates continued to rule in the team pursuit.
Kodaira, who last weekend won her 37th consecutive race over the distance since March 2016, clocked 37.20 seconds at the Max Aicher Arena in Inzell to finish 0.08 second behind Austrian rival Vanessa Herzog.
"I felt it wasn't normal to be on a winning streak," Kodaira said. "I'm somewhat frustrated, but I made all the preparations I could. I want to move on without feeling down."
Japan's Konami Soga was third, while Maki Tsuji finished seventh.
In the team pursuit, the Pyeongchang Olympic gold medal-winning team of sisters Miho and Nana Takagi and Ayano Sato crossed the line in 2:55.78, defeating rivals the Netherlands by 0.42 second.
The Japanese women have not lost an elite-level race since finishing second two years ago at the Single Distance Championships at South Korea's Gangneung Oval, where they would triumph a year later at the Olympics. Their streak now stands at 10 competitions.
"This is the biggest event in this season, so I felt it's a very good thing for us," Miho Takagi told the ISU website. "Netherlands was faster than I expected and all other teams are improving. We cannot relax after this victory."
In the men's 500 meters, Ruslan Murashov of Russia took his first world title in a track record time of 34.22 seconds. Japan's Yuma Murakami and Tatsuya Shinhama finished fifth and 16th, respectively.