Canada finishes second overall in men’s pursuit World Cup standings

Canada took second place in the overall men’s pursuit standings after a seventh place finish in the season’s final race on Sunday at a long track speed skating World Cup competition.

The Netherlands won the 3,200-metre pursuit in 3:46.61 to take the season crown with Sweden second in 3:48.19 and Japan third in 3:49.21. Canada with Justin Warsylewicz of Regina, Steven Elm of Red Deer, Alta., and Lucas Makowsky of Regina were seventh in 3:51.57.

The Dutch won two of three pursuits this season for 236 points, Canada which earned the other victory takes second at 210 and Germany third at 170. Canada won the silver medal in the men’s pursuit at last year’s Olympics.

Germany won the women’s 2,400-metre pursuit in 3:03.98 seconds with Russia second in 3:04.85 and the Netherlands third in 3:07.23. Canada with Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg, Michèle d’Amours of Ste-Foy, Que., and Shannon Sibold of Calgary were fifth in 3:11.79.

The Dutch, who won the season opening pursuit, hung to first overall with 240 points. Canada was fourth.

In the men’s 1,500, Enrico Fabris of Italy edged Erben Wennemars of the Netherlands setting up a showdown at the final World Cup event to decide the season title. Fabris finished in 1:45.50, with Wennemars second at 1:45.82. Mark Tuitert of the Netherlands was third with 1:46.60.

Warsylewicz was seventh, his best result at the distance this season, Elm 10th – also his best result - and François-Olivier Roberge of St-Nicolas, Que., 20th. Jay Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., and Jeff Kitura of Langley, B.C., were 1-2 in the B group race.

Both Fabris and Wennemars have 440 points with the World Cup final in Calgary March 2-4, left to decide the title. There’s a tight battle for third overall between Russia's Yevgeni Lalenkov in third at 217 and Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., who skipped this weekend’s meet, fourth at 200.

Martina Sablikova won the women's 5,000 in 6:50.39, ahead of Claudia Pechstein of Germany with 6:57.68, and Daniela Anschuetz-Thoms of Germany with 7:00.49. Kristina Groves of Ottawa, third in Saturday’s 1,500, was sixth. In the B Group d’Amours was sixth, Schussler seventh and Sibold 11th.

Sablikova leads Pechstein 390 to 312 in the season title race. Renate Groenewold of the Netherlands is third with 310. Groves is sixth at 215.