Wotherspoon injures back at World Cup

Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer aggravated a back injury in his 500-metre race Friday at a long track speed skating World Cup and probably won’t race again this weekend.

Wotherspoon was experiencing stiffness prior to the race. Then his pair false started and Wotherspoon tweaked the back again. In the second start, Wotherspoon eased up at the 50-metre mark but finished the race and placed 20th.

Wotherspoon still clinched the World Cup 500 title on Friday.

‘’He’s been in a lot of pain tonight,’’ said Canadian national team coach Neal Marshall of Calgary. ‘’Our physios are working on it but he probably won’t race this weekend. It’s something that’s been on and off this week.’’

Marshall said Wotherspoon should recover in time for the world single distance championships next week in Berlin.