NEWS: Klassen & Morrison win again today at Fall World Cup Long Track Trials

OTTAWA – Cindy Klassen and Denny Morrison won their races again today at Speed Skating Canada’s Fall World Cup Long Track Trials at Calgary’s Olympic Oval. Klassen, of Winnipeg, and Morrison, of Fort St. John, B.C., took first in their 1,500-metre race. On Thursday, Klassen and Morrison were the best in the 1,000 metres.

Results in PDF and for Calgary Olympic Oval

The women’s 3,000-metre and men’s 5,000-metre trials will be highlighted on Saturday, starting at noon. Sunday’s competition, starting at 10 a.m. will see the 500-metre races, the 5,000-metre distances for women and 10,000-metre for men.

Klassen, in a time of 1:57.62, beat fellow national team member and Winnipeg native Shannon Rempel by 2.25 seconds. Rounding out the top five were Nicole Garrido of Alberta in third, Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa in fourth and Kali Christ of Saskatchewan fifth.

Morrison won with a time of 1:45.18. Lucas Makowsky of Regina was second, 0.82 seconds behind his teammate. Mathieu Giroux of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., was third, while Laurent Dubreuil of Quebec and Tyler Derraugh of Manitoba were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Correction to men’s 1,000-meter race from Thursday: Kyle Parrott of Manitoba was fifth in the 1,000 meters and not Philippe Riopel of Repentigny, Que. Riopel was sixth.

The trials will be used to identify the team for the first three World Cup competitions. The first World Cup event for the long track team is Friday, Nov. 18 to Sunday, Nov. 20 in Chelyabinsk, Russia, quickly followed by the second competition in Astana, Kazakhstan, from Friday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Nov. 27. The third World Cup is again only a couple of the days later running from Friday, Dec. 2 to Sunday, Dec. 4 in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

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