Silver skaters

, Last Updated: 4:17 PM ET

INZELL, Germany (CP-AP) -- Canada won silver in the women's team pursuit Saturday at the world speed skating championships.

Kristina Groves of Ottawa and teammates Cindy Klassen and Clara Hughes, both of Winnipeg, finished in three minutes 7.01 seconds. Germany, led by hometown favourite Anni Friesinger, won in an unofficial outdoor record time of 3:05.81. Japan was third in 3:12.05.

"The Germans iced a different lineup than usual and we knew going in they would be the team to beat," Klassen said. "We raced very well and when we got the lead we tried to go as hard as possible. There's certainly things we need to work on to improve but we learned some tricks and some strategies this season."

It was Klassen's third medal of the world championships. She won gold in the 1,500 and 3,000 metres earlier in the week. Groves picked up her second medal after winning a bronze in the 3,000 event.

The victory gave Friesinger her 11th career gold medal at the world championships.

"Our recipe to success was a fast start -- we shocked the others with that," she said. "This win does us all good."

In the team pursuit, two teams of three skaters start on opposite sides of the track and skate six laps against the clock with the best time winning. It's recognized as an official event on the World Cup circuit for the first time this season and will be raced at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

In other events Saturday, Even Wetten of Norway won gold in the men's 1,000 race, setting a track record of 1:10.10. Jan Bos of the Netherlands was second in 1:10:32 and Petter Andersen of Norway won bronze in 1:10.63.

Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., was the top Canadian, finishing eighth in 1:11.04. Steven Elm of Red Deer was 20th and Brock Miron of Calgary was 21st.

In the men's 10,000 metres, Bob de Jong of the Netherlands won gold in 13:25.64 and compatriot Carl Verheijen took the silver in 13:26.97. American Chad Hedrick was third in 13:30.88. Arne Dankers of Calgary was 15th.

In the women's 500 metres, Manli Wang defended her title and Chinese countrywoman Beixing Wang was second. Manli broke the track record in her second heat with a time of 38.29 seconds, taking gold with 77.21 points. Beixing won the silver with 77.82 points and Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea took the bronze with 77.91 points.

Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg was the top Canadian in 13th. Krisy Myers of Lloydminster, Sask., was 19th and Kim Weger of Regina was 20th.


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