Gregg 10th in the 1,000 metres at World Cup

Jamie Gregg 10th in the 1,000 metres at World Cup in the Netherlands

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands
– For the third consecutive day Edmonton’s Jamie Gregg was Canada’s top male at the all distances ISU World Cup in Heerenveen, the Netherlands. The 26-year-old earned his earned his second top 10 finish of the weekend taking 10th place in the 1,000 metres in a time of one minute and 10.13 seconds.

Today’s World Cup races featured the men’s and women’s 1,000 metres and mass start.

Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., was 15th (1:10.36) in the 1,000 metres, which was won by American Shani Davis (1:08.88). Morrison is fifth overall this season in the 1,000 metres with 319 World Cup points and Gregg is ninth (163). Stefan Groothuis, of the Netherlands, leads with 490 points.

Winnipeg’s Cindy Klassen was 16th in the 1,000 metres with a time of one minute and 18.36 seconds. In the division B, Kali Christ of Regina and Calgary’s Kaylin Irvine took the top two spots. Skating last and in the same pair, Christ won in a time of one minute and 18.21 seconds and Irvine was 0.12 seconds behind at 1:18.33.

Heading into the World Cup Final next weekend in Berlin, Christine Nesbitt leads the 1,000-metre World Cup with 400 points. While the London, Ont., native did not compete this weekend as part of her season competitive plan, she leads Marrit Leenstra of the Netherlands and American Heather Richardson by 25 and 61 points, respectively. Nesbitt is scheduled to meet the team in Berlin.

In the men’s division B 1,000 metres, Quebec City’s Muncef Ouardi placed third in a time of one minute and 10.80 seconds. Philippe Riopel of Lachenaie, Que., was seventh (1:11.54) and Kyle Parrott of Minnedosa, Man., took ninth spot (1:11.85).

In the second mass start race of the World Cup season, Riopel took 14th spot in crossing the finish line in ten minutes and 11.32 seconds. Winnipeg’s Tyler Derraugh was 18th (10:14.43) and Scott Bickerton of Nelson, B.C., was 19th (10:14.61). American Jonathan Kuck took the gold medal crossing the finish line in 10:09.89.

Tori Spence of Kamloops, B.C., was the lone Canadian in the women’s mass start and she took 14th spot (8:46.01). Mariska Huisman of the Netherlands won the gold medal (8:23.46).

The long track schedule continues with the World Cup Final from March 9-11, in Berlin. The long track season wraps-up in Heerenveen with the World Single Distance Championships, March 22-25. The skaters for these two competitions will be announced at a later time.

The World Cup Podium Tracker by Intact Insurance is up to $43,000 (21 gold medals, 15 silver and seven bronze). Intact Insurance will award $1,000 in cash and prizes to a local speed skating club with each individual medal win. Last season, Intact Insurance awarded more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.