March 5, 2011
Canada stays off podium at Speed Skating World Cup
By QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - Heerenveen, Netherlands — Day 2 of the final World Cup event of the long track speedskating season was a quiet one for Canada.
The best results came from Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., with a sixth in the men’s 1,500m, while Brittany Schussler earned ninth in the 3,000m.
Close on Schussler’s heels was fellow Winnipegger Cindy Klassen, who finished eleventh.
In the final rankings, Schussler finished fourth while Klassen — who came roaring back in the latter half of the season — earned seventh place. Christine Nesbitt, who chose not to race today, ends the season with a 10th place finish.
Czech Republic’s Martina Sablikova earned gold in Saturday’s race and also claimed the season title, with Germany’s Stephanie Beckert second in both the race and season.
Netherlands’ Jorien Voorhuis was third Saturday while American Jilleanne Rookard earned third in the rankings.
In the women’s 500m event, the lone Canadian skater was Winnipeg’s Shannon Rempel, who finished 17th Saturday and ninth overall, one spot ahead of Nesbitt.
Germany’s Jenny Wolf was second Saturday but claimed the distance crown ahead of Korea’s Sang-Hwa Lee and Netherlands’ Margot Boer.
Netherlands’ Annette Gerritsen won Saturday’s race.
Morrison finished eighth overall in the 1,500m, with American Shani Davis winning Saturday’s race and the distance title.
The 2011 World Cup season comes to a close Sunday with the 500m and 1000m races.