Denny Morrison adds to his honours by winning his second event at the Canadian Selections!

Long track speed skater Denny Morrison (Fort St-John, B.C.), won his second event, the 1500m, Monday at Richmond, British Columbia’s Olympic Oval, where the Canadian Selections are taking place for the Fall World Cups. In women’s racing, Kristina Groves (Ottawa, ON) and Clara Hughes (Glen Sutton, QC) grabbed top honours in the 1000m and 3000m events, respectively.

After having mastered the 1000m event on Sunday, Morrison earned more acclaim with a win in the 1500m event. His time of 1:46.39 came close to the fastest 1500m on record at the Richmond Olympic Oval – 1:46.17 set by American Shani Davis. “I’m really happy with my time. I’ve been concentrating a lot of my technique this year, in contrast to last year when I was focusing my physical fitness. Now if I can combine the two, then great things are to come!” enthused Morrison, who has prequalified for the event, in addition to Steven Elm (Red Deer, AB) and Lucas Makowsky (Regina, SK).

Makowsky covered the 1000m distance in 1:47.42, earning himself second place on the podium, while Mathieu Giroux (Pointe-aux-Trembles, QC), skated to a third place finish with a time of 1:48.70.

In the women’s 1000m event, Kristina Groves proved fastest, stopping the clock at 1:17.23, just ahead of Britanny Schussler (Winnipeg, MB) and Cindy Klassen (Winnipeg, MB) whose times were 1:17.74 and 1:18.86, respectively. “It wasn’t the best 1000m race of my life, but regardless, it was a great opportunity to skate at the Richmond Olympic Oval before the Olympic Winter Games begin.” explained the Ontarian. “There are still a lot of things I’d like to improve upon; I need to have a better first half of the race, for example.”

As prequalified skaters, Groves, Christine Nesbitt (London, ON), and Shannon Rempel (Winnipeg, MB) are already scheduled to take to the ice in the event this Fall.

In the 3000m event, Clara Hughes (4:12.16) ruled the race, beating out Christine Nesbitt (4 :15.65) and Cindy Klassen (4 :15.90). “I set out with a faster pace as if it was the 1500m,” confided a contented Hughes. “It was a solid race and I’m in good shape. I’m looking forward to the 5000m event tomorrow.”

This is good news for the Quebec skater, whose summertime difficulties with technique are now officially behind her. “Over the summer I was able to take a step back from what I was doing, and any problems have been resolved. It’s a step in the right direction.” affirmed Hughes.

Groves, Shussler, and Hughes are the three prequalified skaters for the 3000m event.

The Canadian Selections will come to a close Tuesday; the final events scheduled are the men’s 10 000m and the women’s 5000m races.