Japan’s Pyeongchang Olympic gold medalist Nao Kodaira won her ninth national single distance championships title in the women’s 500 meters on Friday.
Kodaira crossed the line in 37.30 seconds at M-Wave ice arena in Nagano for her fourth straight 500 victory at the annual meet. Miho Takagi, who won three medals at Pyeongchang, was runner-up 0.68 second behind.
The 32-year-old Kodaira, who opened her season earlier this month, extended her winning streak in the 500 to 29 straight races.
Last season, she beat world-record holder Lee Sang Hwa of South Korea to win the 500-meter gold at February’s Pyeongchang Games.
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