Soviet speedskater Andrei Bakhvalov has set a world record of 36.41 seconds for the 500 meters, the official Tass news agency said Friday.

Bakhvalov, 25, set the record in the Kazakhstan Republic championships at the Medeo Highland Rink in Alma Ata. He clipped four one-hundreths of a second off the previous mark of 36.45 seconds, held by Uwe Mey of East Germany.