Despite The Fatigue, Christine Nesbitt Remains Unbeatable

Though tired and feeling achy, Christine Nesbitt (London, ON) skated to yet another gold medal in the 1500m event, maintaining her status as undefeated in the distance so far this season. Day Two of the Moscow World Cup was also another success story for Jamie Gregg (Edmonton, AB), who continues to impress and improve on the men’s team.

Nesbitt grabbed her fourth gold medal in the 1500m race, winning in a time of 1:56.80, despite the accumulated fatigue of the competitive circuit, “I think last weekend (World Sprint Long Track Championships; Nesbitt won the Championship title) took more out of me than I expected,” commented Nesbitt post-race. “I was surprised to win today; I didn’t feel super fresh, my adductor has been a bit sore, so I was really stressed out pre-race. I went over my race plan with National Coach Mark Wild, and that helped me to calm down a lot,” she concluded.

Despite her clear mastery of her sport and competitors, Nesbitt remains grounded, “I feel confident in my skills and fitness, but what I’ve found is that it’s important to have a good race plan; that makes the difference between a good race and a bad race. That, and you can never underestimate anyone; people can just ‘show up’ and perform. In the past people have underestimated me for sure,” she concluded. As the World All-Round Championship draws ever closer and her trail of medals and titles grows each passing weekend, underestimating Christine Nesbitt is a mistake that her competitors make at their peril!

Still in the 1500m event, Brittany Schussler (Winnipeg, MB), who yesterday won a bronze medal in the 3000m event, came within striking distance of the top-five, finishing sixth with a time of 1:57.98. Shannon Rempel (Winnipeg, MB) skated to 16th in 2:00.76.

The Netherlands’ Ireen Wust earned silver with her time of 1:56.93, and rounding out the podium was the Czech Republic’s Martina Sablikova with 1:57.50.

In Group B 1500m racing, Kirsti Lay (Medicine Hat, AB) took sixth place in a time of 2:03.21, while Ivanie Blondin (Ottawa, ON) came tenth in 2:04.14.

In the women’s 500m event, Canada’s best showing was by Shannon Rempel, who came seventh with a time of 38.84; following her was Tamara Oudenaarden (St. Albert, AB) in 19th with 39.98, and Sarah Gregg (Edmonton, AB) in 22nd with 40.17. The event was won by Germany’s Jenny Wolf in 38.01; the Netherlands’ Margot Boer skated to silver in 38.49, and bronze went to American Heather Richardson in 38.53.

Gregg Continues to Impress

Jamie Gregg (Edmonton, AB) continued his impressive progress this weekend; after winning a silver medal in yesterday’s 500m event, he posted another solid result today – fifth place in a time of 35.21. Muncef Ouardi (Québec, QC) skated to 15th in 35.61, flanked by teammate Vincent Labrie (Lévis, QC) in 16th place with his time of 35.63.

The event was won by the Netherlands’ Jan Smeekens in 34.93, silver went to Japan’s Akio Ota in 35.02 and bronze to American skater Tucker Fredricks in 35.06.
In Group B, Tyler Derraugh (Winnipeg, MB) scored the fastest time across the line in 35.58. Friday, Derraugh earned third place, making its first foray into World Cup competitions a real success. Matt McLean (Winnipeg, MB) skated to a solid fifth place finish in 36.00.

The fastest Canadian in the Men’s 5000m was Lucas Makowsky (Regina, SK), skated to 15th in 6:40.37. Justin Warsylewicz (Regina, SK) crossed the line in 6:49.32 good for 18th place.

In Group B, Jordan Belchos (Toronto, ON) coming in fifth place in 6:35.07, which would have placed him 12th in Group A.

Sunday marks the final day of competitions in Moscow. Skaters will take on the men’s and women’s 1000m event as well as Team Pursuits.