World Records Fall At European Championships
Jana Gegner, 21, of Germany set a new world mark in the 10,000 meter points race in Cassano d’Adda, Italy.
Four world speed skating records, including a 10-year-old mark by Chad Hedrick, tumbled during last week's European Speed Skating Championships in Italy.
The new world records suggest that the Europeans will be strong at next month's World Championships in South Korea. They also appear to provide evidence that the use of bigger wheels is leading to faster times.
The New Records (unofficial):
Men's 10,000 Meters Point Race
Old mark - 14:25.510
Women's 10,000 Meters Point Race
Old mark - 16:36.140
Women's 20,000 Points Elimination
Old mark - 33:19.570
Women's 500 Meters (Road)
Old mark - 44.780
Most of the racers at the championships were skating on 100mm wheels, which are the largest allowed under international (FIRS) rules.
In addition to 100mm wheels, Gegner was skating on Bont's new 3-point Vaypor boots with magnesium S-frames. The frames attach to the boot at three, rather than the standard two, points. This, Bont says, allows for the use of less carbon in the boots, thus making them lighter.