Arne Dankers top Canadian at speed skating World Cup

Olympic silver medallist Arne Dankers of Calgary was the top Canadian Friday placing 10th in the men’s 5,000-metres to open the World Cup final in long track speed skating.

Sven Kramer of the Netherlands won the gold medal clocking 6:14.90 with Enrico Fabris of Italy second in 6:18.55 and Olympic champion Chad Hedrick of the U.S., third in 6:18.67.

Dankers, a member of Canada’s second place pursuit team at the Games, was 10th in 6:27.73. Justin Warsylewicz of Regina, also on the pursuit squad in Turin, was 20th.

Hedrick wins the distance’s World Cup title with 455 points with Kramer second at 400 and Carl Verheijen of the Netherlands third at 365. Dankers was sixth at 181.

In the men’s 500-metre sprint, Kang-Seok Lee of South Korea was the winner in 34.82 with Olympic champion Joey Cheek of the U.S., second in 35.08 and Dmitri Dorofeyev of Russia third in 35.13.

Mike Ireland of Winnipeg was 11th and Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., 14th.

Cheek and Dorofeyev will go into Sunday’s season finale in the 500 tied for first in the World Cup standings at 630 points after 11 races. Lee is third at 596. Wotherspoon with five medal performances this season is sixth at 446.

In the women’s 500, Sayuri Yoshii of Japan took the gold in 38.35, Sang-Hwa Lee of South Korea was second at 38.40 and Chiara Simionato of Italy third at 38.53. Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg was 17th. Jenny Wolf of Germany had already clinched the season title.

Competition continues Saturday featuring Olympic medallists Cindy Klassen and Clara Hughes, both of Winnipeg and Kristina Groves of Ottawa in the women’s 3,000. Klassen and Hughes are the last pair.