Germany's Gunda Kleeman set a world record in the women's 3,000 meters Sunday in a World Cup speedskating meet, breaking the mark set by her long-time idol, Yvonne Van Gennip of the Netherlands.

Kleeman's time of 4 minutes, 10.80 seconds was more than a second better than the mark of 4:11.94 set by Van Gennip, a triple gold medalist at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.