Nesbitt wins gold in 1000 m

Christine Nesbitt wins gold in 1000 m at World Cup Final in the Netherlands
Hamilton Speed Skating Club will receive $1,000 from Intact Insurance World Cup Podium Tracker program

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands
- Canadian Christine Nesbitt was on the podium's top step for the 1,000 metres taking the gold medal at the Essent ISU World Cup Final in Heerenveen, Netherlands. The World Cup season wraps-up Sunday with the second 500 metres, the 1,500 metres and mass start.

Nesbitt, of London, Ont., took home her fourth gold medal of the World Cup season recording a time of one minute and 15.48 seconds. Hong Zhang of China won the silver medal in 1:15.50 and Dutch skater Laurine van Riessen earned bronze in 1:15.95. Kali Christ of Regina was 14th in the 1,000 metres with a time of 1:17.43 and Calgary's Kaylin Irvine was 16th in 1:18.16.

In the men's 1,000 metres, Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg skated to eight place with a one minute and 10.00 seconds, and Edmonton's Jamie Gregg, who had silver in the 500 metres Friday, was 12th in 1:10.09. It's was Derraugh's sixth Top 10 World Cup finish this season.

Cindy Klassen of Winnipeg and Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa took part in the 3,000 metres, with Klassen taking 13th place in a time of 4:10.71 and Blondin 14th in 4:11.67.

Toronto's Jordan Belchos was the lone Canadian in the 5,000-metre race. He stopped the clock at 6:32.27 for 15th place.

The World Cup Podium Tracker by Intact Insurance stands at $41,000 (11 gold, 18 silver; 12 bronze). Intact Insurance will award $1,000 in cash and prizes to a local speed skating club with each individual medal win. The Hamilton Speed Skating Club will receive the $1,000 check from the program.