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Speed skating: Kodaira bounces back at worlds with 1,000 bronze

Nao Kodaira of Japan competes in the women's 1000-meter race during day 3 of the ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships on Feb. 9, 2019 in Inzell. (ISU/Getty/Kyodo)

INZELL, Germany (Kyodo) -- Japan's Nao Kodaira took bronze in the women's 1,000-meter race on Saturday at the ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships.

A day after her two-year, 37-consecutive win streak ended in the 500, Kodaira clocked 1 minute, 14.44 seconds at the Max Aicher Arena in Inzell to land on the podium for the second straight day.

"Today I'm happy. Yesterday, my heart was almost broken. But I went to sleep and knew that today would give me a new chance. I went all or nothing and this bronze medal is a beautiful bonus," Kodaira said to the International Skating Union.

American Brittany Bowe took gold in 1:13.41, while Austria's Vanessa Herzog claimed silver in 1:14.38.

Kodaira's coach Masahiro Yuki said he thought Kodaira's result was all the more important following her second-place finish to Herzog in the 500 on Friday.

"She worked really hard. She is wonderful as a competitor," Yuki said.

Miho Takagi, who along with her sister Nana and Ayano Sato extended the Japanese women's team pursuit streak to 10 competitions on Friday, finished 0.14 second behind Kodaira in fourth.

"It's still difficult to put out enough speed," Takagi said. "I'm still just a challenger. I want to seek out how to get ahead of sprinters."

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