Shani Davis’ world record broken by Russian
Russian Denis Yuskov broke an eight-year-old world record held by Shani Davis in the 1500m at a World Cup in Kearns, Utah, on Saturday.
Yuskov, undefeated over 1500m this Olympic season, clocked 1:41.02 to take .02 off Davis’ record set in December 2009, two months before Davis won his second straight Olympic silver medal in the event.
Yuskov, a three-time world 1500m champion, is uncertain to compete at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.
He may be ineligible to be invited by the International Olympic Committee due to a ban for marijuana from 2008 to 2011.
IOC conditions for inviting Russian athletes rule out those who have had doping violations, but an IOC spokesperson said after those conditions were announced that a decision on Yuskov has not been made.
Yuskov, 28, finished fourth in the 1500m at the Sochi Olympics, his first Winter Games.
Davis, 35, still owns the 1000m world record from March 2009, one year before he won a second straight Olympic title in that event.
He finished 13th in the 1500m on Saturday. The top American was Joey Mantia in fourth. Full results are here.
Davis has one top-10 finish on the World Cup this season, a fourth in a 1500m.
Yuskov became the first skater to break a world record in an individual Olympic distance since 2015.
The Japanese women lowered the team pursuit world record at all three World Cups this season, taking nearly five seconds off the time set by Canada in December 2009.
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