Nesbit wins silver medal in 1,500 metres

Nesbit wins silver medal in 1,500 metres at World Cup in Norway

HAMAR, Norway – In four 1,500-metre races on the World Cup circuit this season, Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., has won twice and been second on two occasions. Today, the 26-year-old was only 0.04 seconds off from winning the gold medal at the Essent ISU World Cup in Hamar, Norway. In a time of one minute and 57.03 seconds, Nesbitt won the silver medal behind Ireen Wust of the Netherlands (1:56.99).

Audio (MP3): Christ, Nesbitt. Both interviewed by teammate Denny Morrison.

With 360 points, Nesbitt leads Wust, 350, in World Cup points after four 1,500-metre races. Cindy Klassen and Brittany Schussler, both of Winnipeg, were also in today’s division A 1,500 metres. Klassen took 14th spot in a time of 2:00.76, while Schussler was 19th crossing the finish line in 2:01.87. In division B, Regina’s Kali Christ was seventh (2:03.26) and Edmonton’s Nicole Garrido was 12th (2:04.44).

In the men’s 5,000 metres, Toronto’s Jordan Belchos finished in 15th place in a time of 6:37.10. In the B division, Winnipeg skaters Scott Bickerton was 14th (6:45.38) and Stefan Waples was 16th (6:47.19). The Netherlands swept the 5,000-metre podium with Bob de Jong winning gold (6:21.23), Sven Kramer earning the silver medal and Jan Blokhuijsen the bronze.

Sunday’s races include the women’s 3,000 metres and team pursuit, and the men’s 1,500 metres and team pursuit.

After Hamar, the 2011-12 long track World Cup schedule continues in Heerenveen, the Netherlands, from March 2-4.

The World Cup Podium Tracker by Intact Insurance is up to $39,000 (21 gold medals, 12 silver and six 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.