Nesbitt wins the bronze medal

Nesbitt wins the bronze medal at the World All-Round Championships in Moscow

Klassen is fifth and Schussler is eighth

MOSCOW – Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., won her 10th individual medal of the season today taking bronze at the 2012 Essent ISU World All-Round Championships in Moscow.

After racing the 500, 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000-metre distances, Nesbitt earned 162.360 points, behind defending champion and gold medallist Ireen Wust of the Netherlands with a total of 161.050, and Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic in second place with 161.870 points.

“It was pretty good. I’m happy with every race,” said Nesbitt. “I think it's my best world all rounds I've ever skated, even though I was third this year and second last year. I had four good races and I'm happy.” MP3 audio file (Nesbitt interviewed by Belchos)

Today’s races at the Krylatskoe Icerink featured the men’s and women’s 1,500 metres, the women’s 5,000 and men’s 10,000.

Nesbitt was first in today’s 1,500-metre race in a time of one minute and 55.95 seconds. She was eighth in 5,000 in a time of 7:18.19. Winnipeggers Cindy Klassen and Brittany Schussler were also in the top 10. Klassen took fifth spot overall with 163.396 points. She was third (1:57.61) in the 1,500 metres and fourth (7:09.23) in the 5,000. Schussler was 11th (1:59.49) in the 1,500 and ninth (7:19.59) in the 5,000 to rank eighth overall with 165.345 points. Edmonton’s Nicole Garrido was 21st (2:02.90) in the 1,500 metres and finished 23rd overall.

“It was great actually to get on the podium (in the 1,500 metres),” said Klassen. “My favourite part of it (1,500 race) I opened it hard and I opened faster than I normally would. I was pretty happy with the 1,500 metres.” MP3 audio file (Klassen interviewed by Schussler)

“My goal was to have four good to great races and I think I achieved that goal,” said Schussler. “It resulted in a personal best eight place overall (at the world all rounds). So I'm happy with that. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.” MP3 audio file (Schussler interviewed by Belchos)

In men’s final ranking, Lucas Makowsky was 16th and Justin Warsylewicz was 19th. Both skaters are from Regina. Toronto’s Jordan Belchos was 20th and Winnipeg’s Stefan Waples was 21st.

In the men’s 1,500 metres, Makowsky crossed the finish line one minute and 51.17 seconds for 16th place, while Warsylewicz was 18th (1:51.88), Belchos 20th (1:52.23), and Waples took 21st place (1:53.28). Only the top 12 men from the cumulative of the first three races competed in the 10,000-metre race.

The long track schedule continues with the World Cup All-Distances in Heerenveen, the Netherlands, from March 2-4. The World Cup Final is the following weekend, Match 9-11, in Berlin. The long track season wraps-up in Heerenveen with the World Single Distance Championships, March 22-25.