Skating bronze for Hughes

, Last Updated: 3:04 PM ET

INZELL, Germany (AP-CP) -- Clara Hughes of Winnipeg won a bronze medal in the women's 5,000 metres at the world speed skating championship Sunday, capping a strong performance for Canada at the competition.

Annie Friesinger, racing in her hometown, and Claudia Pechstein won gold and silver respectively for a 1-2 German finish.

Friesinger's winning time was seven minutes 18.32 seconds, Pechstein posted a time of 7:18.67 and Hughes crossed the finish line in 7:19.17.

Hughes won a silver in the team pursuit Saturday with Kristina Groves of Ottawa and Winnipeg's Cindy Klassen.

"I'm extremely happy considering all I've been through this season," said Hughes, who was out of action last month while she battled bronchitis and the flu. "I certainly didn't feel anywhere near my best, those two weeks of missed training really affected my preparation. I'm really excited with how I finished the race."

The Canadian team finished the competition with six medals (two gold, one silver, three bronze), which equals its best-ever showings set in 1998 and 2004. The Netherlands led the medal parade with nine medals, including three gold, while the Germans and Norwegians also earned six medals.

Friesinger also won a silver medal in the 1,000 Sunday to help her country avoid its worst showing at the world individual distance championships.

Friesinger was expected to be the star of the competition, but she was beaten in her specialties -- the 1,500 and 3,000 -- by Klassen.

Friesinger's final-day performance gave the Olympic 1,500 champion two golds and two silvers for the meet.

"These worlds had a perfect ending," Friesinger said.

Klassen, who won the 3,000 metres Friday and the 1,500 Thursday, was fourth in the 1,000 metres and just .04 seconds back of bronze-medallist Marianne Timmer of the Netherlands.

Barbara de Loor of the Netherlands was first in 1:18.24.

Norway's Rune Stordal topped the men's 1,500 in 1:50.69, followed by the Netherlands' Mark Tuitert at 1:50.84 and Norway's Even Wetten at 1:51.63.


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