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American breaks 40-second barrier in short-track speedskating

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  • J.R. Celski of the U.S. skates for a gold medal Sunday during the men's 500-meter competition at the ISU World Cup short track speed skating event in Calgary, Alberta.

      J.R. Celski of the U.S. skates for a gold medal Sunday during the men's 500-meter competition at the ISU World Cup short track speed skating event in Calgary, Alberta.
    Associated Press

 
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American j.r. celski become the first short-track speedskater to break the 40-second barrier in the 500 meters, setting a world record of 39.973 second sunday in a world cup final. "i wasn't really expecting to go that fast today because it's been a long weekend of racing," celski said.

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