Denny Morrison earns best result this season in a 1000m race on second day of Heerenveen World Cup

Four-time Olympic medalist Denny Morrison earned his best result of the 2014-15 World Cup season in a 1000m race, Saturday, as he placed sixth in the men's event for that distance on the second day of the ISU long track speed skating World Cup in Heerenven, Netherlands.

The skater from Fort St. John, B.C., was the top Canadian of the day.

The 29-year-old athlete has now picked up six top-10 results so far this World Cup season in his two specialties, the 1000m and 1500m, distances in which he earned medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Morrison’s time of one minute and 9.50 seconds, Saturday, left him 0.45 seconds back of a bronze medal. The gold-medal time, by Russia’s Pavel Kulizhnikov, was 1:08.77.

"The 1000m has been a challenging race for me this season", said Denny Morrison. "In this post-Olympic year, I didn't do any dryland or weight training whatsoever this summer, which is reflecting negatively on my maximum power output. Basically, I can't get up to speed as early in the race and am having to rely on my finishing speed to essentially catch up at the end of the race. There is time for me to improve this before the World Championships in February."

Vincent de Haitre of Cumberland, Ont., was 13th in 1:09.87, followed by Richard MacLennan of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., 14th in 1:09.95.

Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa posted her second top-10 of the season in the women's 1000m with a 1:16.91 skate, good for 10th place. Kali Christ of Regina was 13th.

Jordan Belchos of Markham, Ont., was 16th in the men’s 5000m. In the women's team pursuit, Calgary’s Kate Hanly, Ottawa’s Lauren McGuire and Josie Spence of Kamloops, B.C., were seventh in 3:09.16.

Alexandra Ianculescu of Toronto was 12th in the women's 1000m B race, followed by Heather McLean of Winnipeg, 17th. Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg placed fourth in men’s 1000m B.

Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary picked up his second B group podium finish of the season, with a third place in the B group 5000m, Saturday. He was third in the B group 10 000m in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 22, and also had a top-10 result in the A group 5000m, Dec. 6, in Berlin, Germany.

The Heerenveen World Cup concludes Sunday. Laurent Dubreuil of Levis, Que., will go for his fifth-straight podium in the men's 500m, after collecting two silvers and two bronze so far this season in that distance. Blondin will try for her fourth straight podium in a mass start race, after picking one gold, one silver and one bronze in that event.

The women’s 500m, the men’s mass start and both 1500m racces will also be held.
 
More information, including the complete schedule and the lists of entrants for each race (posted the night before each event), can be found through Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.
 
Live streaming of A group races in Heerenveen will be available at http://livemanager.eurovision.edgesuite.net/isu/index.html.

Today’s Canadian results:
1000m A - H
6: Denny Morrison (1:09.50)
13: Vincent De Haitre (1:09.87)
14: Richard  Maclennan (1:09.95)

1000m A - F
10: Ivanie Blondin (1:16.91)
13: Kali Christ (1:17.09)

Team Pursuit - W
7: Canada (3:09.16)
(Kate Hanly, Lauren McGuire, Josie Spence)

5000m B - M
3: Ted-Jan Bloemen (6:27.31)

1000m B - M
4: Tyler Derraugh (1:10.87)

1000m B - W
12: Alexandra Ianculescu (1:20.11)
17: Heather McLean (1:21.06)

5000m A - M
16: Jordan Belchos (6:41.29)

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