Two more gold medals for Canada at world junior speed skating championships

Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg earned her second gold in two days and finished third overall and Justin Warsylewicz of Regina took top spot in the men’s 3,000 metres on Saturday at the world junior long track speed skating championships.

In the women’s 1,000, Rempel clocked one minute and 21.84 seconds to edge Ireen Wust of the Netherlands second in 1:21.86. Eriko Ishino of Japan was third in 1:22.10. Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg was 11th and Marilou Asselin of Ste-Foy, Que., 15th.

In the 3,000 finale, Ishino took the gold in 4:20.39 with Wust second in 4:20.93. Rempel was seventh, Asselin 16th and Schussler 17th.

Ishino took first overall at 169.231 points, Wust was second at 169.814, and Rempel, last year’s overall champion, third at 169.897. Schussler was 10th and Asselin 14th.

“I’m pleased with my races,” said Rempel, the 500 winner on Friday. “I knew I was in for a big challenge in the 3,000 to maintain the lead so I’m not too disappointed. To come home with the gold in the sprint events was my main goal here.”

In the 3,000, Warsylewicz took gold clocking 4:02.18 with Sven Kramer of the Netherlands second in 4:03.77 and Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., third in 4:04.26. Dustin Johnston of Moose Jaw, Sask., was ninth.

In the 500, Johnson was fifth, Morrison eighth and Warsylewicz 14th

“It was nice to comeback with a good 3,000 after a so-so 500,” said Warsylewicz, 18, the senior national all around champion. “Even though it was outdoors, the conditions were ideal. I got a good feel for the ice and got some easy speed, that helped especially early on.”

Morrison was also disappointed with his 500 but came back strong too.

“It was a pretty solid race,” said Morrison of his 3,000. “Unfortunately I slowed down a bit too much on the last corner and that may have cost me the silver. But who knows? I’m really happy with the result.”

Competition for the men ends Sunday.