Canadian women win silver in team pursuit at World Cup in Salt Lake City. Nesbitt, Schussler & Christ ‘on the podium where we belong'.

Canadian women win silver in team pursuit at World Cup in Salt Lake City. Nesbitt, Schussler and Christ ‘on the podium where we belong'.

Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 17, 2013 – The Canadian women’s pursuit team won a silver medal Sunday to close out the Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating long-track event in Salt Lake City.

Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg and Kali Christ of Regina posted a six-lap time of two minutes, 56.90 seconds. The Netherlands edged them out for the gold by 0.88 of a second with a time of 2:56.02. The United States took the bronze.

“I guess we built a lot off last week (where we were fourth) and tried to come up with a bit of a new tactic,” Schussler said. “It wasn’t perfect but it was a definitely a step in the right direction. We’re definitely excited to be back on the podium where we belong and looking forward to Berlin and taking another step up the podium.”

The next women’s pursuit race is in Berlin, Germany on Dec. 8.

Nesbitt, Schussler and Kristina Groves established the current world record in the pursuit with a 2:55.79 at the Olympic Oval in Calgary on Dec. 6, 2009.

The Salt Lake City oval delivered another world record on Sunday, a 1:12.58 by Brittany Bowe of the United States in the women’s 1000m. Sang-Hwa Lee of Korea lowered her 500m world-record twice in Salt Lake City and has it sitting at 36.36 seconds, following her result on Saturday.

Cindy Klassen of Winnipeg remains the women’s world record holder in both the 1500m and 3000m. Her 1:51.79 in the 1500m has stood since Nov. 20, 2005 while her 3:53.34 was posted at the Olympic Oval in Calgary on March 18, 2006.

Two Canadians posted personal bests on Sunday — Laurent Dubreuil of Lévis, Que., with a 34.62 in the 500m and Schussler a 1:15.57 in the 1000m.

Dubreuil’s skate placed him eighth in the A group. Jamie Gregg of Edmonton was fifth and Calgary’s Gilmore Junio, who won the first 500m in Salt Lake City on Friday, came in 13th on Sunday.

Schussler’s performance puts her fifth in the B race. Kaylin Irvine of Calgary was 10th, Regina’s Kali Christ 13th and Heather McLean of Winnipeg 25th.

Nesbitt finished 12th in the A 1000m on Sunday.

Alex Boisvert-Lacroix of Sherbrooke, Que., placed third in the men’s B 500m in 34.86, just .04 of a second back of first. Alexandre St-Jean of Quebec City was 10th. Jordan Belchos of Toronto was 13th in the men’s B 5000m.

Eleven members of the 25-member Canadian fall World Cup team now head overseas for the third World Cup in Astana, Kasakhstan, Nov. 29 to Dec. 2.

They are: Schussler, Irvine, Belchos, Lucas Makowsky of Regina, Mathieu Giroux of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., Nicole Garrido of Edmonton, Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg, William Dutton of Humboldt, Sask., Alec Janssens of Chilliwack, B.C., and Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C.

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