Klassen breaks record again

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

Arne Dankers could barely believe it.

The Olympic speed skater from Calgary sat in the stands at the Olympic Oval yesterday and watched teammate Cindy Klassen break the 1,000m world record -- again -- and was nearly at a loss for words to describe the Winnipeg phenom.

"It's pretty hard to put it into words," said Dankers, who finished fifth in the 5,000m at the Olympics."It's actually ridiculous and I think it's unprecedented. It's really incredible."

That may be the case as Klassen broke the record she set Friday at the ING Olympic Oval Finale.

Yesterday, she crossed the finish line in one minute 13.11 seconds, beating her old mark by .35 seconds as hundreds of fans spurring on the six-time Olympic medallist.

Two-time Olympic silver medallist Kristina Groves of Ottawa was second in a personal best time of 1:14:98, while Japan's Nao Kodaira third in 1:15:93.

Calgary's Brock Miron, who competed in the 2006 Olympics, finished first in the men's 1,000 with a time of 1:09:10.

For Klassen the season, finally, is over.

She finished with a boatload of World Cup medals, a world allround championship (including a world record for points), five Olympic medals and she holds the world mark over the 1,000, 1,500 and 3,000m distances.

But don't ask Klassen, who earned $25,000 from the event sponsor for setting the world mark, what she's going to do for an encore.

"I haven't even thought about next season yet," said the 26-year-old, who went out for sushi last night then to a bash at a friend's place.

She jokingly attributed her blistering pace to the lunch she had yesterday.

"I had an egg white omelette, maybe that helped," Klassen said.


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