Klassen puts herself in qualifying position for World Single Distances Championships

Cindy Klassen puts herself in qualifying position for World Single Distances Championships
Klassen wins division B 5,000 metres at Essent ISU World Cup #8

ERFURT, Germany
- In the last Essent ISU World Cup of the season that features the women’s 5,000 metres, Canadian Cindy Klassen won today’s division B 5,000 metres in a time of seven minutes and 10.93 seconds. The time puts Klassen temporarily in 12th place, with the Top 16 in the 5,000 metres qualifying for the 2013 World Single Distances Championships.

The World Cup, in Erfurt, Germany, runs until Sunday. The World Cup Final will be in Heerenveen, Netherlands, from March 8-10.

Click here for the ISU qualification status for World Single Distances Championships, which will be held in Sochi, Russia, from March 21-24.

Ottawa’s Ivanie Blondin was also in the division B 5,000 metres finishing in ninth place in a time of 7:17.63.

In women’s 500-metre action, Anastasia Bucsis tied for 13th place in division A in a time of 38.977 seconds. In division B, Danielle Wotherspoon, of Red Deer, Alta., was fourth in 39.59 seconds, Kali Christ of Regina was sixth (39.80) and Kaylin Irvine of Calgary was ninth (40.03).

In the 10,000 metres division A, Toronto’s Jordan Belchos was 12th in a time of 13:18.41.

Saturday’s races feature the women’s second 500 metres and 1,500 metres, the men’s first 500 metres, 1,000 metres and team pursuit:
- Women’s 500 m (2): Anastasia Bucsis, Danielle Wotherspoon.
- Women’s 1500 m: Kali Christ, Cindy Klassen, Brittany Schussler.
- Men’s 500 m (1): Alex Boisvert-Lacroix, Laurent Dubreuil, Jamie Gregg, Gilmore Junio.
- Men’s 1000 m: Tyler Derraugh, Laurent Dubreuil, Jamie Gregg.

On Sunday, the women will compete in the 1000 metres and team pursuit, and the men take part in the second 500 metres, and 1,500 metres:
- Women’s 1000 m: Anastasia Bucsis, Kali Christ, Kaylin Irvine, Brittany Schussler
- Men’s 500 m (2): Alex Boisvert-Lacroix, Laurent Dubreuil, Jamie Gregg, Gilmore Junio.
- Men’s 1500 m: Guillaume Blais-Dufour, Tyler Derraugh, Lucas Makowsky.

The World Cup Podium Tracker by Intact Insurance stands at $39,000 (10 gold, 17 silver; 12 bronze). Intact Insurance will award $1,000 in cash and prizes to a local speed skating club with each individual medal win.