Ireland & Wotherspoon finish 1-2 in showdown at speed skating World Cup

Mike Ireland of Winnipeg and Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., earned gold and silver respectively in a showdown confrontation in the men’s 500-metres on Sunday to conclude the third stop on the long track speed skating World Cup circuit for the sprinters.

The Canadian bullets were the second to last pair of the day and showed why they’ve been the top two in the event this season. Ireland clocked 35.31 seconds to complete a weekend sweep in the event and Wotherspoon, who has won the other four 500 races this season, was second in 35.46.

“I had a solid race overall,” said Ireland, who has beaten Wotherspoon three times this month. “I was slow off the line so I had to chase Jeremy down but I settled down on the corner and had a solid lap. It was nice to repeat Saturday’s performance. It’s a little bit different having a teammate in the lane beside you but the bottom line is you know you’re in for a fast race. I wasn’t surprised that we were 1-2.”

In the World Cup 500 standings after six of 12 races, Wotherspoon remains first 550 points while Ireland jumped from fourth to second at 390.

Wotherspoon praised his teammate.

“When Mike gets confident he’s capable of doing very well,” said Wotherspoon. “And it’s good for the team to have the two of us battling for the gold medals.”

In the men’s 1,000, Gerard Van Velde led the Netherlands to a medal sweep clocking 1:09.52. Ireland was fourth in 1:10.41 and Wotherspoon sixth in 1:10.54.

In women’s competition, world sprint champion Marianne Timmer of the Netherlands won the 500 and 1,000 on Sunday to complete the weekend with three victories in four races.

Kerry Simpson of Melville, Sask., posted an eighth place in the 1,000 for the second straight day.

Sunday’s results at a long track speed skating World Cup competition at Harbin, China:


MEN


500


1. Mike Ireland, Winnipeg, 35.31

2. Jeremy Wotherspoon, Red Deer, Alta., 35.46

3. Fengtong Yu, China, 35.46

4. Hiroyasu Shimizu, Japan, 35.51

5. Ryohei Shimizu, Japan, 35.67

6. Kip Carpenter, U.S., 35.70

7. Dmitry Lobkov, Russia, 35.76

8. Gerard van Velde, Netherlands, 35.77

9. Masaaki Kobayashi, Japan, 35.78

10. Zhongqi Yang, China, 35.87


Other Canadian


21. James Monson, Calgary, 36.51


Group B


5. Mark Nielsen, Calgary, 36.59

7. Jean-René Bélanger, Sherbrooke, Que., 36.82


1,000


1. van Velde, 1 :09.52

2. Beorn Nijenhuis, Netherlands, 1 :09.93

3. Erben Wennemars, Netherlands, 1:09.99

4. Ireland, 1:10.41

5. Carpenter, 1:10.45

6. Wotherspoon, 1:10.54

7. Janne Haninnen, Finland, 1:10.76

8. Lobkov, 1:10.88

9. Alexander Oltrop, Netherlands, 1:10.97

10. Fengtong Yu, China, 1:11.15.


Group B


8. Bélanger, 1:13.67

10. Nielsen, 1:15.15

11. Monson, 1:15.46.


WOMEN


500


1. Marianne Timmer, Netherlands, 39.12

2. Manli Wang, China, 39.17

3. Hui Ren, China, 39.19

4. Aki Tonoike, Japan, 39.29

5. Dan Li, China, 39.30

6. Monqiue Garbrecht-Enfeldt, Germany, 39.35

7. Pamela Zoelnner, Germany, 39.38

8. Andrea Nuyt, Netherlands, 39.56

9. Frouke Oonk, Netherlands, 39.62

10. Na Sai, China, 39.65.


Canadians


21. Kerry Simpson, Melville, Sask., 40.39

22. Kim Weger, Regina, 40.50

24. Krisy Myers, Lloydminster, Sask., 40.63

26. Danielle Wotherspoon, Red Deer, 42.85.


1,000


1. Timmer, 1:17.49

2. Garbrecht-Enfeldt, 1:18.21

3. Wang, 1:18.78

4. Ren, 1:18.84

5.(tie) Chiara Simionato, Italy and Li, 1:18.86

7. Zoelnner, 1:18.91

8. Simpson, 1:18.93

9. Sai, 1:19.20

10. Tonoike, 1:19.21.


Other Canadians


19. Myers, 1:21.26

21. Weger, 1:22.24

25. Wotherspoon, 1:26.25.


WORLD CUP STANDINGS

Men


500 (after six of 12 races)


1. Wotherspoon, 550 points

2. Ireland, 390

3. Lobkov 370.


1,000 (after five of eight races)


1. Wennemars, 470

2. van Velde, 400

3. Nijenhuis, 335

4. Ireland, 280

5. Wotherspoon, 236


Women


500 (after six of 12 races)


1. Wang, 490

2. Timmer, 460

3. Shinya 340


22. Shannon Rempel, Winnipeg, 73.



1,000 (after five of eight races)


1. Timmer, 380

2. Simionato, 330

3. Jennifer Rodriguez, U.S., 300


18. Simpson, 72.