|Christine Nesbitt competes in the women's 1000m event at the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Calgary, Alta., Jan. 28, 2012. (TODD KOROL/Reuters)
Christine Nesbitt set a world record Saturday at the Olympic Oval.
The 26-year-old — the Olympic champion in the 1,000m — skated that same distance in one minute 12.68 seconds.
The London, Ont., product bettered the previous world record of 1:13.11 set by Canada’s Cindy Klassen in 2006 on the same ice.
Winnipeg’s Shannon Rempel finished 20th and Calgarian Kaylin Irvin was 24th. Rempel was an injury replacement for Calgary’s Anastasia Bucsis.
Quebec City’s Muncef Ouardi was the top Canadian male in eighth spot, with Edmonton’s Jamie Gregg in 10th and Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., in 11th.
Ouardi was third in the 500m at 34.54.
GUAY TAKES SILVER
Erik Guay claimed his first podium of the 2011-12 World Cup season Saturday with a second-place finish in the downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany — site of his historic world championship victory last February.
“I just can’t explain it,” Guay said of claiming yet another great result in Garmisch. “I just feel like I’m unstoppable when I get here. I’m obviously super-happy to be on the podium today. I felt good and relaxed out there.
The 30-year-old from Mont-Tremblant, Que., dubbed the ‘King of Garmisch’ by his teammates due to the success he’s had here, might have recorded another victory had he not made a mistake in the middle section of the course.
Calgary’s Jan Hudec finished 12th, Ben Thomsen was 23rd and Conrad Pridy finished 25th.
Canada’s Kelly VanderBeek made her long-awaited return to World Cup racing when she finished 47th in Saturday’s downhill in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
VanderBeek’s teammate Larisa Yurkiw was 38th, while Sarah Freeman, of Pincher Creek, Alta., was 45th.