Japan's Miho Takagi won the women's 1,000 meters at a speed skating World Cup event on Friday, picking up her third gold medal out of a possible five over the distance this season.

Japan's Miho Takagi acknowledges the crowd from the podium after winning gold in the women's 1,000 meters at a World Cup speed skating meet in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Jan. 26, 2024. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics gold medalist logged 1 minute, 12.77 seconds at Utah Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City to finish 0.08 ahead of second-place Kimi Goetz of the United States. China's Mei Han came third.

The 29-year-old Takagi was not overly happy with her race, however, after lacking aggression on the turn and finishing 0.42 slower than Sunday, when she won the Four Continents title at the same rink.

"It was a race that left me with growing uncertainty and frustration," Takagi said. "I'm starting to generate decent speed. I'll keep working."

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