Denny Morrison, Laurent Dubreuil, Kali Christ in top 10 at World Cup long track speed skating event in Netherlands

Three Canadians skaters earned top-10 results at the ISU Word Cup long track speed skating event held in Heereveen, Netherlands, Saturday, as Denny Morrison finished 5th in the men's 1000m, Laurent Dubreuil was 6th in the men's 500 m and Kali Christ earned 7th place in the women's 1000m.

Christ, of Regina, posted her best time so far this season in a 1000m event, with a skate of one minute 16.90 seconds. Her best career finish was a 4th-place result in a 1500m race in Heerenveen on March 4, 2013.

“I'm really happy with my 1000m today,” said Christ. “I still have a lot of work to do on my openers, but things are coming along well in terms of my speed, where I'm able to sustain it during races, in a much better way that I did in the fall.”

Christ came up with this impressive result less than a week after Canada missed out on a spot at the upcoming ISU World All-round Speed Skating Championships.

“Obviouly, I wasn't going to let missing that spot get me down,” said Christ. “I've been gaining some momentum lately, and I'm going to keep on doing my best.”

Morrison, of Fort St. John, B.C., finished his 1000m in 1:09.35, his best time so far this season in that distance at a World Cup event. He won his first World Cup medal of 2014-15 — and 40th of his career — with a bronze in the men's 1500m on Feb. 1 in Hamar, Norway.

Dubreuil skated to a time of 35.21, Saturday, as he was paired with World Cup 500m season leader, Russia’s Pavel Kulizhnikov, who is in front of him in World Cup standings. Kulizhnikov won the gold medal in 34.93, in front of Poland's Artur Was (34.97) and Germany's Nico Ihle (35.11).

“It wasn't my best race. I was rusty,” said Dubreuil, who had not skated at a World Cup since mid-December, as there was no 500m race at last week's event in Hamar, Norway. “But finishing sixth still is a good start for this one-month trip. I'm looking forward to working on certain aspects and on improving in time for the World Championships, next week.”

The skater from Lévis, Que., has not finished out of the top-10 in nine races on the World Cup circuit this season. He has a silver medal and three bronze so far.

Alex Boisvert-Lacroix of Sherbrooke, Que., made his season World Cup debut a good one, winning the men’s 500m B race in 35.37 seconds.

“I'm quite satisfied with my result and my race,” he said. “I had my best start this season (at any level). I have some technical points to improve but overall, it's a very encouraging result. I'll be able to skate in the A group (Sunday), where the time I skated today would have put me in the middle of the pack, so it's agood sign!”

The Heerenveen World Cup wraps up Sunday with another 500m and 1000m for both men and women. The ISU World Single Distance Championships will be held Feb. 14-16.

Canadian men’s teammates are also competing against each other in Heerenveen looking for one available spot at next week's World Single Distance Championships. The fastest time in the men’s 1000m in Heerenveen will lock up a third spot for Canada in that distance.

A second spot in the women’s 1000m event will also be decided on day 2 in Heerenven. This spot was earned for Canada by Ivanie Blondin, but she will not skate that distance at the World Championships.

More information can be found through Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.

Live streaming of A group races in Heerenveen is available at http://livemanager.eurovision.edgesuite.net/isu/index.html.

TODAY'S CANADIAN RESULTS:
500m A - W
17. Marsha Hudey (39.46)

500m A - M
6. Laurent Dubreuil (35.21)
15. Gilmore Junio (35.43)

1000m A - W
7. Kali Christ (1:16.90)

1000m A - M
5. Denny Morrison (1:09.35)
15 Vincent de Haître (1:10.24)
18. Richard MacLennan (1:10.84)

500m B - W
6. Heather McLean (39.73)
7. Jessica Gregg (39.79)
12. Alexandra Ianculescu (40.16)
22. Tamara Oudenaarden (41.12)

500m B - M
1. Alex Boisvert-Lacroix (35.37)
2. Jamie Gregg (35.57)
28. Vincent de Haître (36.69)

1000m B - W
15. Jessica Gregg (1:20.56)
17. Tamara Oudenaarden (1:21.15)
19. Heather McLean (1:21.69)
20. Alexandra Ianculescu (1:21.89)

1000m B - M
3. Tyler Derraugh (1:10.77)
8. Jamie Gregg (1:11.20)

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.
 
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