Wotherspoon wins second gold, Le May Doan bronze at speed skating World Cup

Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., rocketed to another victory in the men’s 500-metres Sunday while Olympic champion Catriona Le May Doan of Saskatoon added a bronze in the women’s 1,000 to conclude the first stop on World Cup long track speed skating circuit for the sprinters.

In the men’s 500, Wotherspoon clocked 35.52 to sweep both 500 events this weekend. World record holder Hiroyasu Shimizu of Japan was second in 35.59 and Gerard van Velde of the Netherlands third in 35.61.

"I thought I could skate better than that," said Wotherspoon, who clocked 35.19 in Saturday’s win. "But I was kind of sore and tired from yesterday and I just didn’t have the same energy. My timing and technique were off."

According to the ISU, Wotherspoon now has 38 World Cup career wins, for third place all-time. Uwe-Jens May of Germany has 48 and Dan Jansen of the U.S., 46.

James Monson of Winnipeg was 19th, Éric Brisson of Ste-Foy, Que., 26th while Sterling Sobczak of Winnipeg did not finish. Mike Ireland of Winnipeg injured a groin muscle on Saturday and did not race.

In the women’s 1,000, Monique Garbrecht-Endfelt of Germany notched her second win clocking 1:17.12. Olympic champion Chris Witty of the U.S., was second in 1:17.44 and Le May Doan bounced back from a fourth place finish in the 500 for third spot in 1:17.70.

"I had a very solid race," said Le May Doan, who is recovering from a back injury which has affected her training over the past month. "I didn’t die too badly at the end and hopefully my starts will come around. The back is doing pretty well, I’m very pleased."

Kim Weger of Regina was 25th and Krisy Myers of Calgary 28th.

In the women’s 500, Sayuri Osuga of Japan took the gold medal in 38.43 while Le May Doan, second on Saturday, had a big slip with 30 metres to go and clocked 38.69 for fourth spot. It was the first time Le May Doan was not a World Cup medallist in the 500 since March 2000.

"I nearly went down," said Le May Doan. "I caught an edge and did a Bambi. Otherwise it was a good race, I would have been right up there if not for the slip."

Myers was 21st and Weger 30th.

Jan Bos of the Netherlands won the men’s 1,000 with Wotherspoon fifth. Kevin Marshall of Coquitlam, B.C., 13th, Jason Parker of Yorkton, Sask., 14th and Monson 22nd.

Next weekend the sprinters compete for the first time at the indoor oval in Harbin, China.