Another golden 500 for Wotherspoon at speed skating World Cup

Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., won the gold medal in the men’s 500-metres to remain undefeated at the distance so far this season on the World Cup long track speed skating sprint circuit.

Wotherspoon earned his fourth consecutive win clocking 35.72 seconds. Fengtong Yu of China was second in 35.83 and Tomonori Kawata of Japan was third at 35.88.

It was also Wotherspoon’s 40th career World Cup victory for third all-time. Uwe-Jens May of East Germany leads at 48 and American Dan Jansen is second all time at 46 World Cup wins.

James Monson of Winnipeg was 20th in Sunday’s 500, while in the B group race Éric Brisson of Ste-Foy, Que., was eighth, Sterling Sobczak of Winnipeg ninth and Kevin Marshall of Coquitlam, B.C., 12th.

In the men’s 1,000, Jan Bos led the Netherlands to a clean medal sweep clocking 1:10.51. Gerard Van Velde was second in 1:10.95 and Erben Wennemars third in 1:10.96.

Wotherspoon was fifth in 1:11.33, Jason Parker of Yorkton, Sask., 12th and Marshall 16th. In the B group Sobczak was eighth.

The big international story this weekend was Germany’s Monique Garbrecht-Endfeldt who completed a golden sweep this weekend winning the 500 and 1,000 metre races for the second straight day.

Olympic champion Catriona Le May Doan of Saskatoon, who’s been battling a back injury the past month, was eighth in the 500 and 10th in the 1,000. Le May Doan crashed hard into the mats in training on Friday and came out with a sore neck, back and shoulder. She felt well enough too race this weekend and won a bronze in the 500 on Saturday.

Kim Weger of Regina was 15th in the 1,000 and Krisy Myers of Calgary 20th in the 500. They were both third in their respective B group races at the other distance.