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‘Broken Record’

November 18, 2013

Lee Sang-hwa breaks her own world record again and again!

South Korea's Lee Sang-hwa celebrates her new world record during the ladies 500-meter competition at the World Cup speedskating event in Calgary, Alberta, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Lee's time of 36.74 seconds at the Olympic Oval in Calgary erased the previous mark of 36.80 she'd set in Calgary on Jan. 20. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

South Korea’s Lee Sang-hwa celebrates her new world record during the ladies 500-meter competition at the World Cup speedskating event in Calgary, Alberta, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Lee’s time of 36.74 seconds at the Olympic Oval in Calgary erased the previous mark of 36.80 she’d set in Calgary on Jan. 20. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

This is starting to sound like a broken record. Korean female speed skater Lee Sang-hwa broke her own world record in the women’s 500 meters two days in a row, and for the third time in just eight days, to win an ISU World Cup Speedskating race.

Lee won the women’s 500m race in 36.57 seconds at the second leg of the International Skating Union (ISU) Speed Skating World Cup being held in Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday, improving her own record by 0.17 of a second.

Then on Saturday, racing in the last heat, Lee crossed the finish line in 36.36 seconds to break it the record on the same ice.

The 24-year-old “Beast from the Far East” also set a world record last Saturday in Calgary, Canada, with a win at the opening World Cup stop in 36.74, lowering the global mark of 36.85 she had established last January at Calgary.

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