Jeremy Wotherspoon takes 500-metre gold at speed skating World Cup

World champion Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., notched his second win this season the men’s 500-metre on Sunday to conclude the second stop on the long track speed skating World Cup circuit for sprinters.

Wotherspoon took the gold in 35.38 seconds for his 54th career World Cup victory. Kip Carpenter of the U.S., was second in 35.56 and Joji Kato of Japan third in 35.67. Pekka Koskela of Finland, Saturday’s 500 winner was 10th and Hiroyasu Shimizu of Japan, a double gold medallist last weekend was 19th.

Wotherspoon raced in the second last pair of the day against Japan’s Masaaki Kobayashi who ended up 11th. The 28-year-old Canadian leads the 500 World Cup standings with 350 points after four of 10 races.

In the group 2 500 race, Mark Nielsen of Calgary was 10th, Brock Miron of Calgary 13th, James Monson of Calgary 18th and Sterling Sobczak of Winnipeg 21st.

In the men’s 1,000, Beorn Nijenhuis completed a golden weekend sweep leading the Netherlands to a 1-2-3 finish clocking 1:10.37. Wotherspoon rebounded from Saturday’s eighth place to take fourth in 1:10.69 in another hotly contested race at the distance this season.

In the group 2 1,000, Miron was 10th, Jean-René Bélanger of Sherbrooke, Que., 11th, Sobczak 13th and Monson 19th.

On the women’s side, Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg, who earned her first career World Cup medal Saturday with silver in the 1,000, was sixth at the distance on Sunday in 1:18.62. Chiara Simionato of Italy was the winner in 1:17.93.

In the 500, Manli Wang of China made it four-for four this season at the distance with the win in 38.71. Rempel took ninth spot in 39.19.

In group 2 races, Kim Weger of Regina was sixth in the 500 and fifth in the 1,000; Krisy Myers of Lloydminster, Sask., 12th in the 500 and fourth in the 1,000; Danielle Wotherspoon of Red Deer 10th and sixth while Sarah Smith of Medicine Hat was 10th in the 500 and Tiffany Hughes of Kingston, Ont., seventh in the 1,000.

Next on the speed skating calendar is the Canada Post All Round Championships December 20-22 in Calgary.