|Christine Nesbitt reacts after losing the overall women's World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Calgary, Alta., Jan. 29, 2012. (TODD KOROL/Reuters)
CALGARY - For the second consecutive day, Christine Nesbitt skated at record pace at the Essent ISU World Sprint Speedskating Championships at the Olympic Oval.
Unfortunately, silver was all she had to show for it.
One day after erasing the 1,000-metre world record with a clocking of 1:12.68, the speedskater and self-admitted perfectionist from London, Ont., once again eclipsed the old mark at the distance with a time of 1:12.94 in Sunday’s action.
It’s the second-best 1,000-metre mark of all-time — only bettered by her performance in Saturday’s race — but Nesbitt still lost her status as the world sprint champion to Jing Yu of China.
“That’s really annoying. I basically skated two world records and still didn’t win. It’s disappointing,” Nesbitt said. “(Sunday’s 1,000-metre) was a pretty good, race. I wanted to go under 1:13.00 again, and I was happy I did that. Now, I wish I had gone even faster. I had really good 1,000s, but my 500s weren’t as strong as I wanted them to be.”
The 500-metre races turned out to be the difference in the four-race competition.
On Sunday, Yu claimed a world record of her own with a 36.94-second skate in the 500. She finished second to Nesbitt in the 1,000-metre race, while Nesbitt settled for 10th in the 500.
As a result, Yu leaves Cowtown with a gold medal.
“I really wanted to win here,” Nesbitt said. “I wanted to defend my title from last year. I wanted to win at home.”
On the men’s side, Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands was the gold medallist.