Wotherspoon & Le May Doan win two medals each at speed skating World Cup

Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., remained undefeated this season in the men’s 500-metres and added a bronze in the 1,000 Saturday at a long track speed skating World Cup sprint competition.

Olympic champion Catriona Le May Doan of Saskatoon, who has battled back problems this winter, enjoyed her best day of the season with silver in the 500 and bronze in the 1,000.

In the men’s 500, Wotherspoon clocked 35.42 seconds on the outdoor oval. He has won all seven World Cup 500 races this season. Joey Cheek of the U.S., was second in 35.63 and Erben Wennemars of the Netherlands third in 35.80.

Wotherspoon, who won his fourth world sprint title in five year in January, spent most of this week battling a bad cold.

‘’I was feeling a bit tired but I tried not to let that affect my mind set,’’ said Wotherspoon, now with 44 career World Cup wins, only four behind Uwe Jens May of Germany who is the all time men’s leader. ‘’Once you’re sick, there’s nothing you can do so you just work through it. I was happy with my races today.’’

Mike Ireland of Winnipeg, who’s been hindered with groin problems, equalled his best result this season placing fifth in 35.84. Mark Nielsen of Calgary was 13th and Éric Brisson of Ste-Foy, Que., 18th.

In the 1,000, Gerard van Velde of the Netherlands took the gold in 1:10.60 with his compatriot Jan Bos second in 1:10.62 and Wotherspoon third in 1:10.84. Jason Parker of Yorkton, Sask., was 18th. Mike Ireland of Winnipeg was first in the B race with the seventh best time of the day.

In the women’s 500, world sprint champion Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt of Germany took the gold in 38.55 while Le May Doan, who was paired with the German, was second in 38.83. Manli Wang of China was third in 38.96.

‘’The first half of the race was back to normal,’’ said Le May Doan. ‘’It really felt good but I just started thinking too much at the end. The good thing is I could feel what was wrong. I was aware of the problem areas of my race. Earlier this season, I couldn’t figure out what was happening.’’

Krisy Myers of Lloydminster, Sask., was 19th.

In the women’s 1,000, Garbrecht-Enfeldt won again in 1:18.22 with her compatriot Anni Friesinger second in 1:18.41 while Le May Doan took the bronze in 1:18.81.

Kim Weger of Regina was 14th . Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg, who won the world junior title last week, won the B group race with the ninth best time.

Competition ends Sunday with a men’s and women’s 500.