Three medals for Canada on last day of World Cup in Russia

Three medals for Canada on last day of World Cup in Russia

Nesbitt wins gold, Morrison takes bronze in 1,000 metres and women’s pursuit team is champion

OTTAWA (Sunday, Nov. 21, 2011) – Speed Skating Canada’s national long track team won three medals on the last day of the first Essent ISU World Cup in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., won the gold in the 1,000 metres in a time of 1:15.97. Denny Morrison, of Fort St. John, B.C., took the bronze medal in the men’s 1,000 metres (1:09.26). Led by Nesbitt, Cindy Klassen and Brittany Schussler, both from Winnipeg, the women’s pursuit team won the gold medal (3:02.07) over the Netherlands (3:02.72) and Russia (3:03.37). (Photos by Jeremy Kozubak)

Canada wrapped the weekend competition with two gold medals, a silver (Nesbitt, silver, 1,500 metres) and bronze, for nine individual top 10 finishes in division A races. (ISU results website)

In other women’s 1,000-metre results for Canada, Winnipeg’s Shannon Rempel was 18th (1:18.21), Calgary’s Anastasia Bucsis was 21st (1:18.82) and Klassen in 22nd (1:19.04). In division B, Tamara Oudenaarden, of St. Albert, Alta., was ninth (1:19.41) in her first race of the season.

Joining Morrision in the 1,000-metre race were Edmonton’s Jamie Gregg, who placed 12th (1:10.37), Regina’s Lucas Makowsky in 20th position (1.11.10) and Gilmore Junio of Calgary in 21st (1:11.21). In his first event of the World Cup season, Kyle Parrott of Minnedosa, Man., was ninth (1:11.37) in men’s division B 1,000 metres. Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands won gold (1:08.49) and his teammate Kjeld Nuis (1:08.56) earned the silver medal.

In the men’s team pursuit, Morrison, Toronto’s Jordan Belchos and Philippe Riopel of Lachenaie, Que., paced Canada to a ninth place finish (3:49.25). The Netherlands (3:41.25), United States (3:44.52) and Germany (3:45.29) were on the podium.

The 2011-12 Essent ISU World Cup long track schedule continues the next two weekends in Astana, Kazakhstan, Nov. 25-27, and Heerenveen, Netherlands, Dec. 2-4.

With today’s individual medals, the World Cup Podium Tracker by Intact Insurance is up to $17,000 (9 gold, 6 silver, 2 bronze). Intact Insurance will award $1,000 in cash and prizes to a local speed skating club with each individual medal win. Last season, Intact Insurance awarded more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.

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