Takagi grabs speedskating bronze in women’s mass start


Miho Takagi wrapped up the speedskating world single distances championships by taking third in the women’s mass start on Sunday.

Takagi, who struck out in her four other races at the meet, finished behind winner Ivanie Blondin of Canada and South Korea’s Kim Bo-reum in the new event that will be introduced at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

“It’s nice to have won a medal in the end,” said Takagi, who finished eighth in the 1,500 meters the same day. “The race unfolded just as I thought it would. I feel confident now of winning at the Olympics if it comes down to pace at the end.”