Winnipeg's Shannon Rempel wins silver at world junior speed skating championships

Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg won the silver medal in the women’s 500-metres Friday at the long track speed skating world junior championships.

Dan Li of China took the gold medal in 40.97 seconds followed by Rempel, who clocked second in 41.02. Maki Tsuji of Japan was third in 41.34.

``It wasn`t my best race,`` said Rempel, who was second with three personal best times at the Canadian senior sprint championships last month. ``I had a great start but I faded in the last 100 metres. But my focus here is a top-three in the all around standings. I’ve put myself in a good position at this point to do that.``

Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg, fourth overall last year, was 12th after a false start in her race. Marilou Asselin of Quebec City was 21st.

The men had two races and Jay Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., ninth overall last year, stands seventh overall after placing sixth in the 500 and 10th in the 3,000.

Remco Olde Heuvel of the Netherlands, the 3,000 winner and third in the 500, is first overall at 79.655 points, Sang-Yeop Yeo of South Korea is second at 80.325 and Seung-Hwan Lee of South Korea third in 80.343.

Denny Morrison of Fort St. John (10th in the 500 and 11th in the 3,000) is a surprising 12th and Dustin Johnston of Moose Jaw, Sask., 20th.

Competition continues Saturday with the men’s 1,500 and the women’s 1,000 and 1,500.


Full results:

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