The first World Cup match of this season of speed skating was held in Poland on the 14th, and Miho Takagi won the women's 1500 meters and Tatsuya Shinhama won the men's 500 meters.

The first World Cup race of speed skating this season started in Poland on the 12th, and the Japanese national team did not participate last season due to the influence of the new coronavirus, so it is the first time in two seasons to participate.

Takagi, a silver medalist at the Pyeongchang Olympics who holds the world record for this event, participated in the women's 1500 meters on the 14th of the final day.

Takagi, the final 10th group, got up to speed from the first half and passed 700 meters in the second time of the whole, and in the second half he updated the link record by 0 seconds 62 with a tenacious slip that made use of his endurance. Finishing at 56:00, he won his first World Cup title this season.

In addition, Shinhama, who holds the Japanese record for this event, participated in the men's 500 meters.

Shinhama passed the first 100 meters in the fourth time of the whole, but in the second half, when accelerating with a dynamic slide that made use of a large physique over 1 meter 80 cm in height, he finished in 34 seconds 69 and won the championship. Did.

In third place was Shigeko Mori, a 21-year-old college student who won the opening game in Japan last month.

Takagi "I'm not perfect, but I've gained good experience."

Miho Takagi, who won the women's 1500 meters, said, "I thought I was overpowered during the warm-up and tried to fix it. As a result, I was able to put out a lap up to 700 meters. I don't have one, but I'm glad I had one good experience and won the World Cup. "

Shinhama "No way to win"

Tatsuya Shinhama, who won the men's 500 meters, said, "I didn't think I would win. I tried to change the starting position, but it wasn't bad to the touch. The faster the 400 meters lap, the better the time. I think it was the first international tournament in two seasons, but in the first race I realized that my position in the world hadn't changed. "