Shani Davis, Heather Richardson win

Updated: December 17, 2011, 2:52 PM ET
Associated Press

WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- Shani Davis and Heather Richardson won 1,500-meter races Saturday for their third victories in the U. S. speedskating long track championships.

Davis and Richardson also won the 500- and 1,000-meter events at the Pettit National Ice Center.

Richardson finished in 1 minute, 58.13 seconds to beat Jilleane Rookard (2:00.87). Britany Bowe, who finished second to Richardson in both the 500 and 1,000, was third in 2:01.15.

Bowe has, like many speedskaters, come over from competitive in-line skating. Bowe has been on the ice only since last August but has already won a spot on the the U.S. World Cup team.

"It's going great," Bowe said. "I'm loving training with Heather. I wouldn't want to be training with anybody else. She's one of the best in the world. She's a great person to follow and we push each other every day."

Davis, who has two Olympic silver medals at this distance, had a time of 1:45.19. That was just shy of the track record 1:44.67 set by former Olympic medalist Chad Hedrick on October 24, 2009. Second was Jonathan Kuck in 1:47.23.

Davis hasn't skated as well as he would have liked this season.

"The problem with me is I'm a perfectionist and also an extremist," Davis said. "I don't need to kill myself. I need to find a fine balance between hard work and prepping myself properly."

The championships conclude Sunday with the women's 5,000- and men's 10,000-meter races.


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