Nesbitt & Morrison strike gold again at Canadian Championships


British Colombia native Denny Morrison ((Fort St. John, BC) earned his fourth medal today at the Canadian Single Distance Championships by claiming the gold in the men’s 1500m. Christine Nesbitt (London, ON) also continued her golden streak at the Richmond Olympic Oval, winning the women’s race.

Repeating yesterday’s performance, Nesbitt climbed onto the highest step of the podium, thanks to a time of 2:00.10 in the women’s 1500m. Shannon Rempel (Winnipeg, MB) took silver with a time of 2:01.07 and third place was awarded to Brittany Schussler (Winnipeg, MB) who clocked in 0.41 seconds behind Rempel. Clara Hughes (Winnipeg, MB) took fourth place with a time of 2:03.43 while nineteen year old Justine L'Heureux (St-Tite, QC) finished fifth, skating the 1500m in 2:04.63.

L’Heureux, who is on the long track National Development Team, missed the chance to qualify for the World Cup women’s 1500m race by only a second. “It was a very good race. I skated with Christine Nesbitt, and it was motivating and exciting to race beside one of the world’s best” said Justine L'Heureux when asked how she felt about her race today. “I used to be better in the 3000m, but for the last year or so, I have done pretty well in the 1000m and 1500m. I keep improving and learning with every race”.

Finishing second in the men’s 1500m was Lucas Makowsky (Regina, SK) who completed the distance in 1:48.70, followed by Steven Elm (Red Deer, AB) in 1:49.63. François-Olivier Roberge (St-Nicolas, QC) took fourth place while former short track skater Mathieu Giroux (Montreal, QC) finished fifth and qualified to race the distance at the World Cups.

“It was an excellent race and I am happy with my results,” said Giroux at the end of the day. “There are a lot more skaters in the 1500m than in the 5000m, so it’s great that I qualified for the World Cups. Skating at the World Cups is going to be quite the learning experience in preparation for the Olympics. My coaches and I will be working hard on volume, long distance and intensity trainings in prevision of the 2010 Games.”

Tomorrow is the last day of the Canadian Single Distance Championships. The men will skate the 10000m while the women will race in the 5000m.

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