Japan's Miho Takagi finished second and Nao Kodaira third in the women's 1,000 meters on Friday, as American Brittany Bowe claimed back-to-back victories over the distance in the second round of the World Cup in Norway.

Takagi and 2018 Olympic 1,000-meter silver medalist Kodaira rounded out the podium behind Bowe in a repeat of the top three from the Nov. 13 World Cup opener.

Japanese speed skater Miho Takagi is seen during the women's 1,000 meters race at a World Cup meet on Nov. 19, 2021, in Stavenger, Norway. (Kyodo)
American speed skater Brittany Bowe (R) and Japan's Nao Kodaira smile after winning and coming third, respectively, in the women's 1,000 meters at a World Cup meet on Nov. 19, 2021, in Stavanger, Norway. (Kyodo)

"I skated better than I'd expected," said Takagi, who finished her 5,000 race just three hours earlier in an unprecedentedly short turnaround.

"There was more to take from this race than (last week's)."

Bowe clocked 1 minute, 14.16 seconds, while Takagi crossed in 1:15.01 and Kodaira 1:15.16.

"I wasn't expecting to get on the podium so much (in the 1,000) this season," said Kodaira, the 2018 Olympic gold medalist in the 500, who battled a groin injury last season.

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