Wotherspoon & Ireland second & third overall at world sprint championships

Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., and Mike Ireland of Winnipeg finished second and third respectively in the overall standings and added a bronze medal apiece as well Sunday to conclude the long track speed skating world sprint championships.

Erben Wennemars of the Netherlands took the men’s overall title with 140.755 points over the four-race series (two 500 metres and two 1,000 metres). Wotherspoon, the two-time defending champion, placed second at 140.970 and Ireland, the 2001 world sprint champion, was third at 141.010.

Canada had held the men’s crown for the past five years. Wotherspoon also won the overall title in 1999 and 2000.

“It would have been nice to keep it Canada’s hands,” said Wotherspoon. “ But we’ve had a great run. I think we’ll be hungry to get it back next year. I’m still very happy with second place. I had a very good competition.”

Wennemars took the title on the strength of two powerful performances in the 1,000 metres including Sunday’s win in 1:09.39. His compatriot, Gerard van Velde was second in 1:09.75 and Ireland won the bronze in 1:09.78 with Wotherspoon fourth in 1:10.18.

Van Velde won the 500 in 35.27 with Hiroyasu Shimizu of Japan second in 35.29, Wotherspoon third in 35.43 and Ireland fourth in 35.46. It is only Wotherspoon’s second loss in the 500 in international racing over the past two seasons and his first defeat internationally this winter.

“My 500 was actually bit better than yesterday but I made some mistakes on the first turn and that really hurt my chances to get first overall,” said Wotherspoon, who won the gold medal in the 500 on Saturday. “The 1,000 was better as well but it wasn’t enough.”

James Monson of Calgary was 19th overall and Jean-René Bélanger of Sherbrooke, Que., 27th.

In women’s competition, Marianne Timmer of the Netherlands took the women’s overall title despite not winning a single race. Anni Friesinger of Germany won Sunday’s 1,000 and was second overall and Manli Wang of China won the 500.

Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg was the top Canadian in 15th overall with Kerry Simpson of Melville, Sask., 20th, Krisy Myers of Lloydminster, Sask., 24th and Kim Weger of Regina 28th.

Sunday’s leading results at the long track speed skating world sprint championships at Nagano, Japan (all distances in metres):


Men


500


1. Gerard van Velde, Netherland, 35.27

2. Hiroyasu Shimizu, Japan, 35.29

3. Jeremy Wotherspoon, Red Deer, Alta., 35.43

4. Mike Ireland, Winnipeg, 35.46

5. Masaaki Kobayashi, Japan, 35.51

6. Casey Fitzrandolph, U.S., 35.55

7. Erben Wennemars, Netherlands, 35.63

8. Dmitry Lobkov, Russia, 35.70

9. Kip Carpenter, U.S., 35.80

10. Pekka Koskela, Finland, 35.83


Other Canadians


17. James Monson, Calgary, 36.22

28. Jean-René Bélanger, Sherbrooke, Que., 37.14



1,000


1. Erben Wennemars, Netherlands 1:09.39

2. Gerard van Velde, Netherland, 1:09.75

3. Mike Ireland, Winnipeg, 1:09.78

4. Jeremy Wotherspoon, Red Deer, Alta., 1:10.18

5. Kip Carpenter, U.S., 1:10.33

6. Janne Hanninen, Finland, 1:10.52

7. Takaharu Nakajima, Japan, 1:10.59

8. Simon Kuipers, Netherlands, 1:10.73

9. Masaaki Kobayashi, Japan, 1:10.83

10. Joey Cheek, U.S., 1:11.03



Other Canadians


22. James Monson, Calgary, 1:12.47

25. Jean-René Bélanger, Sherbrooke, Que., 1:13.21



Overall (final)


1. Wennemars, 140.755 points

2. Wotherspoon, 140.970

3. Ireland, 141.010

4. van Velde, 141.150

5. Carpenter, 141.795

6. Fitzrandolph, 141.995

7. Shimizu, 142.030

8. Hanninen, 142.070

9. Kobayashi, 142.520

10. Lobkov, 142.520


Other Canadians


19. Monson, 144.685

27. Bélanger, 147.665



Women


500


1. Manli Wang, China, 38.67

2. Sayuri Osuga, Japan, 38.80

3. Shihomi Shinya, Japan, 38.81

4. Marianne Timmer, Netherlands, 38.94

5. Tomomi Okazaki, Japan, 39.02

6. Hui Ren, China, 39.06

7. Aki Tonoike, Japan, 39.16

8. Pamela Zoellner, Germany, 39.18

9. Anzhelika Kotyuga, Belarus, 39.24

10. Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt, Germany, 39.29


Canadians


16. Shannon Rempel, Winnipeg, 39.54

31. Kerry Simpson, Melville, Sask., 39.82

23. Krisy Myers, Lloydminster, Sask., 40.16

26. Kim Weger, Regina, 40.48


1,000


1. Anni Friesinger, Germany, 1:16.56

2. Jennifer Rodriguez, U.S., 1:16.98

3. Marianne Timmer, Netherlands, 1:17.56

4. Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt, Germany, 1:17.60

5. Aki Tonoike, Japan, 1:18.06

6. Andrea Nuyt, Netherlands, 1:18.08

7. Anzhelika Kotyuga, Belarus, 1:18.14

8. Frouke Oonk, Netherlands, 1:18.34

9. Tomomi Okazaki, Japan, 1:18.38

10. Pamela Zoellner, Germany, 1:18.39


Canadians


13. Shannon Rempel, Winnipeg, 1:18.59

18. Kerry Simpson, Melville, Sask., 1:19.60

25. Krisy Myers, Lloydminster, Sask., 1:20.73

27. Kim Weger, Regina, 1:22.26


Overall (final)


1. Timmer, 155.255

2. Friesinger, 155.400

3. Rodriguez, 155,950

4. Wang, 156.225

5. Garbrecht-Enfeldt, 156.485

6. Kotyuga, 156.530

7. Tonoike, 156.580

8. Shinya, 156.795

9. Okazaki, 156.885

10. Zoelnner, 156.865


Canadians


15. Rempel, 158.430

20. Simpson, 159.765

24. Myers, 161.485

28. Weger, 162.695