Wotherspoon wins second gold at Canadian single

CALGARY – Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., won his second gold medal in two days on Saturday at the Canadian single distance long track speed skating
championships.

Wotherspoon won the men’s 1,000 in 1:07.45 with Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., second in 1:07.62 and Vincent Labrie of St-Romuald, Que., third 1:09.21.

‘’I tried to focus on the same things I did in yesterday’s 500 in today’s 1,000,’’said Wotherspoon. ‘’That was to have a good start and accelerate well on the first turn. I did that well. I was very happy with the time.’’

In the women’s 3,000, Kristina Groves of Ottawa was the victor in 4:04.08 with Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., 4:08.25 and Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg third in 4:11.43.

‘’I’ve been training through this competition,’’ said Groves. ‘’It was a great opportunity to test out the technical aspects I’ve been working on. It was a
strong performance for me.’’

Nesbitt won the women’s 1,000 in 1:15.15 with Groves second in 1:15.62 and Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg third in 1:15.79.

Competition continues through to Monday at the Olympic Oval.