Chad Hedrick broke the world record in the men's 1,500 meters, finishing in 1 minute 42.78 seconds at a speedskating World Cup event at the Utah Olympic Oval yesterday in Kearns.

Hedrick, who also set the world mark in the 5,000 last Sunday in Calgary, eclipsed the previous record of 1:43.33, set by U.S. teammate Shani Davis earlier this year.

Davis ended up in second place, finishing in 1:43.41 -- only .08 from his previous best. Erben Wennemars of the Netherlands was third at 1:43.51. . . .

American Sasha Cohen found herself in an unusual position at the Trophee Bompard in Paris yesterday, trailing 15-year-old up-and-coming skater Mao Asada of Japan after the short program.

"Going in I had never seen her skate. But there are always lots of new faces coming up. It makes me keep working hard at home," Cohen said.

Japan's Shizuka Arakawa, the 2004 world champion, was third. Canada's Joannie Rochette, who won this event last year, was fourth.

Cohen needs to outscore Asada by three points in today's free program to take the women's overall title. However, Asada has more in her repertoire, including a triple axel.

Asada is not eligible for the Turin Olympics. She turned 15 in September and needed to be that age by July 1.

U.S. ice dancers Morgan Matthews of Fairfax and Maxim Zavozin of Ashburn were fourth after yesterday's original program.

In the men's short program, Jeff Buttle of Canada led Brian Joubert of France. Olympic bronze medalist Tim Goebel of the United States was fourth. The free programs are today.

-- From News Services