Nesbitt is fifth after two races at World All-Round Championships

Christine Nesbitt is fifth after two races at World All-Round Championships

HAMAR, Norway
- Looking to improve on her bronze medal finish in 2012, Canada’s Christine Nesbitt won today’s 500-metre race and was 18th in the 3,000 metres to stand fifth overall with 81.621 points after two races at the Essent ISU 2013 World All-Round Speed Skating Championships in Hamar, Norway. Today’s races at the Olympic Hall included the 500-metre race, women’s 3,000 and men’s 5,000 metres. On Sunday, it’s the 1,500-metre race and the women’s 5,000 and men’s 10,000 metres.

The all-round champions will be determined by the lowest cumulative sammelagt point total after four distances.

All three Canadian women finished in the top 10 of the 500-metre race. Along with Nesbitt’s first place time of 38.60 seconds, Regina’s Kali Christ took sixth place in 39.66 seconds and Brittany Schussler, of Winnipeg, was 10th in 40.17 seconds. Schussler was the top Canadian in the 3,000 metres, taking ninth place in a time of 4:13.24. Nesbitt was 18th in 4:18.13, and Christ was 19th in 4:18.23.

Schussler sits in 10th place overall after two races with 82.376 points and Christ is 11th with 82.696. Ireen Wust of the Netherlands is first overall with 80.251 points, followed by Russian Yekaterina Shikhova with 81.026 and Dutch skater Diane Valkenburg in third place with 81.123.

In the men’s draw, Lucas Makowsky, of Regina, stands in 17th place overall with 77.485 points, and Alec Janssens, of Chilliwack, B.C., is in 21st spot with 78.127 points.

In the men’s 500 metres, Makowsky had a time of 36.81 for 13th place. Competing in his first world championship, Janssens took 22nd place with a time of 38.14 seconds. In their second race today, Janssens was 17th in the 5,000 metres in 6:39.87, while Makowsky was 21st in a time of 6:46.75.