Wotherspoon has golden skate

, Last Updated: 1:38 PM ET

ERFURT, Germany (CP) -- Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., won his third 500-metre gold medal of the season Saturday during the fourth stop on the long track speed skating circuit.

Wotherspoon won in 35.20 seconds to beat Yuka Oikawa of Japan at 35.24 and his countryman Masaakai Kobayashi at 35.34. It was Wotherspoon's 55th career World Cup win, most all time for men.

The victory padded Wotherspoon's lead atop the 500 World Cup standings, giving him 538 points with three races remaining. Wotherspoon is seeking a fourth consecutive 500 title and his seventh in eighth years.

Wotherspoon was also fifth in the 1,000 and stands fourth in those World Cup standings.

On the women's side, Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg was 11th in both the 500 and 1,000 metre races. Rempel is fourth in the 1,000 World Cup standings and sixth in the 500 standings.


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