Wotherspoon remains perfect in 500 at speedskating World Cup

Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., remained undefeated this season in the 500-metres with his sixth straight win and added a silver in the 1,000 Sunday to conclude the third stop on the World Cup long track speed skating circuit for the sprinters.

In the men’s 500, Wotherspoon clocked 34.77 seconds for the victory. Gerard van Velde of the Netherlands was second in 34.85 and his compatriot Erben Wennemars was third in 34.90.

“I had a lot of mistakes but compensated it with a strong finish,” said Wotherspoon, who’ll look to defend his world sprint title next weekend in Calgary. “I certainly feel I can go faster in Calgary next weekend. I just have to skate like I know I can.”

James Monson of Winnipeg was 10th, Mark Neilsen of Calgary 12th. Brock Miron of Calgary was third in the B group race.

In the men’s 1,000 Wennemars posted the second fastest time ever clocking 1:07.33. His performance was surprising since he fell in Saturday’s warm and need three stitches to close a cut on the back of his head.

Wotherspoon, the, 1,000 winner on Saturday, was second in 1:08.29 while Van Velde, who set the world mark last winter at the Olympics clocking 1:07.18, was third at 1:08.34.

Jason Parker of Yorkton, Sask., was 14th while in the B race Miron was fourth and Neilsen 12th. Éric Brisson of Ste-Foy, Que., did not race Sunday due to a groin injury.

Germany’s Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt swept gold in the women’s 500 and 1,000 Sunday to end the weekend with three victories.

In the 500, Olympic champion Catriona Le May Doan of Saskatoon was fifth while Kim Weger of Regina and Krisy Myers of Lloydminster, Sask., were 21st and 22nd.

In the women’s 1,000, Weger was 16th and Myers 21st. Le May Doan had a minor hip flexor problem and decided to withdraw from the 1,000 in order to rest for next weekend.

The world sprint championships are set for the Olympic Oval in Calgary on January 18 and 19.