Top 10 for Derraugh, Gregg & Christ at World Cup

Tyler Derraugh, Jamie Gregg and Kali Christ in Top 10 at World Cup in Germany

ERFURT, Germany
- Tyler Derraugh, Jamie Gregg and Kali Christ led Canada at the Essent ISU World Cup (long track) in Erfurt, Germany, recording a fifth place finish in the 1,000 metres, sixth in the 500 metres and eight in the 1,500 metres, respectively. On Sunday, the women will compete in the 1,000 metres and team pursuit, and the men take part in the second 500 metres and 1,500 metres.

Winnipeg’s Derraugh crossed the finish line in one minute and 10.19 seconds. He was only one hundredth of a second away from his first World Cup medal. Dmitry Lobkov of Russia and Nico Ihle of Germany tied for the bronze medal in 1:10.18. American Brian Hansen took the gold medal in 1:09.79 and Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands won silver in 1:09.84. Gregg, of Edmonton, took 19th spot in a time of 1:12.03.

In the division B 1,000 metres, Quebec City’s Guillaume Blais-Dufour fell and finished 19th (1:41.11).

Five Canadians took part the 20-man 500-metre race with Gregg placing the best among his teammates. He was sixth in a time of 35.42 seconds, only 0.14 seconds from the bronze medal. Gilmore Junio of Calgary was 13th (35.62), Laurent Dubreuil, of Lévis, Que., was 15th (35.73), William Dutton, of Humboldt, Sask., was 16th (35.80), and Alex Boisvert-Lacroix, of Sherbrooke, Que., was 18th (36.10).

In the women’s 1,500 metres, Kali Christ of Regina had an eighth place finish with a time of 1:59.31. Winnipeggers Cindy Klassen came in 12th spot (1:59.88) and Brittany Schussler was 16th (2:01.59).

In the women’s second 500 metres, Anastasia Bucsis of Calgary was 14th in group A in time of 39.18 seconds. In division B, Danielle Wotherspoon, of Red Deer, Alta., took second place in a time of 39.54 seconds and Calgary’s Kaylin Irvine was third in 39.64.

In the men’s team pursuit, Blais-Dufour, Derraugh and Toronto’s Jordan Belchos teamed-up for the first time to finish in 3:52.38 for ninth place. The Netherlands took the gold medal in 3:45.32, followed by Korea (3:45.32) and Poland (3:45.79).

The World Cup Podium Tracker by Intact Insurance stands at $39,000 (10 gold, 17 silver; 12 bronze). Intact Insurance will award $1,000 in cash and prizes to a local speed skating club with each individual medal win.