February 13, 2011
Nesbitt second at all-arounds
By QMI Agency
Practically unbeatable this season in her specialty distances, Christine Nesbitt had to settle for a silver medal in the world all-around speed skating championship.
Nesbitt finished second to Ireen Wust of the Netherlands Sunday at the Olympic Oval in Calgary after being edged out in the 1,500-metre race by the Dutchwoman. It was the first loss of the season at that distance for the London, Ont. skater.
Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic finished third in the all-around after falling in the 5,000m, the distance she won at during the Vancouver Olympics.
Nesbitt finished 12th (out of 12 racers) in the 5,000m, her weakest distance.
On Saturday, Nesbitt posted personal-best times in the 500 and 3,000m races but finished the day in second place, just behind Wust. Nesbitt won the 500m and finished eighth in the 3,000m while Wust, the 2007 all-around champ, was third in the 500m and second in the 5,000m.
Gold for St. Gelais
Olympic silver medallist Marianne St. Gelais took gold in the 500-metre event at the sport track speed skating World Cup event Sunday in Moscow.
St. Gelais extended her unbeaten streak in the 500m on the World Cup circuit this season. She leads the World Cup in that distance despite sitting out two events in December.
"I'm really happy with the win," St. Gelais said. "I was second on the line and managed to get in front right away. I know what I'm able to do in the 500m and I think other skaters know it too, and it's nice that I can do it time and time again."
Liu Qiuhong of China finished second while Martina Valcepina of Italy was third. Canadian Caroline Truchon of Chicoutimi, Que., was fourth.
St. Gelais added a silver medal in the women's relay while the Canadian men's relay team took the bronze medal.
Janyk finishes 15th
A day after Canadian Erik Guay won the world downhill title, Britt Janyk had to settle for 15th place in the women's race Sunday at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Janyk, who drew the 25th starting bid, finished in one minute, 49.53 seconds. She was more than two seconds slower than the winner.
"I went out of the gate and raced hard and I felt confident on the hill," Janyk said. "I knew that if I put a strong run down that I could be right in there but unfortunately I don't think my bib number was good. Obviously, I want better than 15, but again 15 is in the points and as far as my downhill season has been going it's a strong result for me."
Elisabeth Goergl of Austria won in 1:47.24 while Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. was second in 1:47.68. Germany's Maria Riesch was third in 1:47.84.