Silver for Nesbitt & Bronze for Groves at Moscow World Cup

Christine Nesbitt (London, ON) showed once again her speed on the track by finishing second in the 1500m to the delight of the crowd. This is her second medal in a row in the distance. Kristina Groves (Ottawa, ON), who won the two previous races, finished third with a time of 1:56.76.

“I am very satisfied with the race. I have been constant so far. The technique, the speed and desire to always improve are all there. I want to race at my best and this is why I train so hard,” said Groves.

German skater Claudia Pechstein won gold, ahead of the two Canadians. Shannon Rempel (Winnipeg, MB) finished 8th with a time of 1:58.64. Skaters Brittany Schussler (Winnipeg, MB) and Clara Hughes (Winnipeg, MB) finished 12th and 14th.

“With such a great start to the season, I can only be happy with my performance. I am heading home to recuperate and rest a little bit. I will be back to race in Japan and am looking forward to the winter half of the season,” mentioned Christine Nesbitt.

The Canadian women once again showed their strenght on the distance, and they now hold four of the top six positions in the overall World Cup rankings in the 1500m. Groves and Nesbitt are first and third overall, while Rempel and Schussler are fifth and sixth.

Since Arne Dankers is not racing in this World Cup, all the Canadians men raced in Group B of the 10,000m. Lucas Makowsky was the top Canadian, finishing fourth. Steven Elm (Red Deer, AB) finished 15th. Teammate Andrew Godbout (Markham ON), racing in his first career World Cup, finished 18th. Jay Morrison (For St. John, BC) and Jordan Belchos (Toronto ON), who fell in his race but got back up to finish strong, took the 20th and 23rd positions.

After three stops with numerous medals for the Canadians, the athletes will return home to focus and train for the last two Fall stops of the World Cup circuit, in sprint, the 6 and 7 of December in Changchun, China and the following weekend in Nagano, Japan.