Nesbitt Second in World Cup Final Standings in the 1000m

The World Cup season end has brought Christine Nesbitt (London, ON) yet another title, this time second place in the final classification of the 1000m event.

In today’s final World Cup women’s 1000m event, Nesbitt had to settle for fourth in 1:16.43; Shannon Rempel (Winnipeg, MB) skated to tenth in 1:18.11. Not far behind were Cindy Klassen (Winnipeg, MB), who skated 1:18.27 for 12th, and Brittany Schussler (Winnipeg, MB) who earned 13th in 1:18.32.

Today’s podium was an all-Netherlands shut-out, with Ireen Wust taking first (1:15.76), followed by Marrit Leenstra for second (1:16.19), and Laurine van Riessen for third (1:16.37).

Nesbitt’s consistent performances this season – and her six gold medals in the distance – enabled her to grab the runner-up position in the overall World Cup standings for the 1000m event (590 points) despite having missed two races, behind American Heather Richardson (605 points). In third place was the Netherlands’ Margot Boer (360 points). Rempel ends the season in seventh place (264 points), Schussler finishes 13th overall (202 points); while Klassen ends 16th (122 points).

“Christine did put some points between herself and the woman in first place (in today’s race), but in the final rankings she ended up only a few points behind Richardson,” analyzed Sean Ireland, Team Canada’s Long Track Program Director. Commenting on Team Canada’s overall morale a mere weekend away from the end of competitions, he stated “For the most part, our athletes are totally focused on doing the very best they can next weekend. Sure, some of them are tired, but generally speaking, they’re thinking of how to skate their best, to get the most out of themselves.”

The men’s 1000m featured a strong skate from Denny Morrison (Fort St.John, BC), whose 1:09.71 time earned him sixth; Morrison previously earned a silver and a bronze in the distance this season. Jamie Gregg (Edmonton, AB) skated to 12th in 1:10.20, Philippe Riopel (Lachenaie, QC) earned 15th with 1:10.64; Richard MacLennan (Sault Ste Marie, ON) earned 19th place in 1:11.90.

Today’s event as well as the World Cup title go to the Netherlands’ Stephan Groothuis (1:08.66 today, 590 total points); similarly, second place distinctions in both respects go to Korea’s Kyou-Hyuk Lee (1:09.00 today, 522 total points); American Shani Davis earns himself third (1:09.21 today, 485 total points).

Select results from Canada’s men in the final World Cup classifications: Denny Morrison, fifth (336 points); Jamie Gregg, 14th (147 points); Philippe Riopel 18th (105 points); Richard MacLennan, 24th (72 points).

Rempel Eleventh, Gregg Eighth in the 500m

Shannon Rempel was the highest-ranking Canadian woman in the World Cup 500m race today earning 11th place in 39:29; she ends in tenth place in the overall rankings with 311 points. Christine Nesbitt ends up 19th in the final classification with 136 points.

Germany’s Jenny Wolf took both the 500m event and the World Cup title (38:37 today, 1190 points total); Korea’s Sang-Hwa Lee skated to second place in both respects (38:48 today, 875 points total). Third place honours went to the Netherlands’ Annette Gerritsen (today: 38:55) for the World Cup final, and overall, to the Netherlands’ Margot Boer (735 points total).

On the men side, Jamie Gregg skated to eighth place in 35:30 in today’s 500m, Vincent Labrie (Saint Romuald, QC) was 20th with 35:65. Tyler Derraugh (Winnipeg MB) was 22nd in 35:87, while Muncef Ouardi (Charlesbourg, QC) was 23rd in 36:23.

In the World Cup final standings, Gregg is 12th (306 points total), Labrie ends up 19th (155 points), Ouardi earns 24th (93 points).

Today’s event was won by Korea’s Kyou-Hyuk Lee in 35:00 (who also won the World Cup title with 845 points), Japan’s Yuya Oikawa was second today with 35:11, and Korea’s Kang-Seok Lee came third today in 35:12 (second-place in final rankings with 745 points). Third place in the final classifications went to Japan’ Joji Kato (671 points total).

“We have a lot of contenders capable of great performances on the team, so it will be interesting to see how that potential matches up with the other international athletes next weekend,” enthused a positive Sean Ireland, Long Track Program Director.

The long track season comes to a close with the World Single Distance Championships in Inzell, Germany March 10-13, 2011.

Team Canada - World Cup Results 2010-2011 Season
Total Gold Medals: 10
Total Silver Medals: 5
Total Bronze Medals: 6

World Cup Final Championship Title – 1500m – Christine Nesbitt
World Cup Final, Second-place Title - 1000m – Christine Nesbitt

Medal-winning Athletes: Christine Nesbitt (1500m, 1000m), Cindy Klassen (3000m), Kristina Groves (3000m), Brittany Schussler (1500m, 3000m), Denny Morrison (1500m, 1000m), Jamie Gregg (500m), as well as the two pursuit teams.