Nesbitt Grabs Another Gold

Christine Nesbitt (London, ON) once again earned herself a gold medal in the women’s 1500m event on the final day of the Heerenveen World Cup. With a blistering skate, Nesbitt anchored the women’s long track team to an impressive last day of the competition.

Nesbitt led the Canadian women to another excellent showing today, and added another gold medal to her haul at this weekend’s inaugural World Cup, with a time of 1:56.00 flat. Skaters from the Netherlands’ had to settle for silver and bronze; Ireen Wust came in at 1:57.35, while Marrit Leenstra clocked in at 1:57.68. In fourth place, Cindy Klassen (Winnipeg, MB) crossed the line in 1:57.88; Klassen has had an excellent weekend, yesterday she won a silver medal in the 3000m event. In fifth place was Brittany Schussler (Winnipeg, MB) who crossed the line in 1:58.44. Kristina Groves (Ottawa, ON) - who yesterday earned a bronze in the 3000m - came in at 1:59.68, good for ninth place, and Shannon Rempel (Winnipeg, MB) completed Canadian results with 13th place in a time of 2:00.11.

Commenting on this weekend’s results, Long Track Program Director Sean Ireland was optimistic, “It’s the first World Cup of the season, so we’re very pleased. To have Christine, Cindy, and Kristina winning medals is great, and the fact that in many events the women all came in top ten or top five shows that we have excellent depth in our women’s team.”

When asked about Nesbitt’s margin of victory in the 1500m, a full 1.5 seconds, he stated “I don’t think even Christine expected that margin of win at all. The 1500m can often be an intimidating race in terms of pacing, in addition to being demanding physically. Speaking with her right after the race, she said she really started out hard but was able to sustain it through the entire race, so she’s quite happy with her performance today.”

Another Day of Promising Results for the Men

In the second set of men’s 500m events this weekend, Vincent Labrie (Saint-Romuald, QC) posted Canada’s best result, with a 14th place finish in 35:47; William Dutton (Humboldt, SK) took 18th place in a time of 35:73. Japan’s Keiichiro Nagashima and Joji Kato placed first and second, with times of 34:97 and 35:01, respectively. Korea took the remaining step on the podium through skater Kang-Seok Lee, who crossed the line in 35:10.

In Group B Muncef Ouardi (Charlesbourg, QC) placed fifth in 35:89, followed by Gilmore Junio (Calgary, AB) in sixth place in 35:91. Richard MacLennan (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) took 18th place in a time of 37:18.

In the 5000m event, Lucas Makowsky (Regina, SK) ranked 19th in 6:41.30, and Justin Warsylewicz (Regina, SK) skated to 21st place in 6:42.52. Deutch skater Bob de Jong took gold in 6:17.31, Russian Ivan Skobrev took silver in 6:18.96, and Wouter Olde Heuvel, also of the Netherlands, skated to the remaining spot on the podium in 6:20.93.

In the Group B 5000m men’s event, Chelsea, Quebec’s Leo Landry came 13th in a time of 6:41.04, in his first-ever World Cup.

Program Director Sean Ireland sees great potential in this crop of young skaters. “On the men’s side, we do have a lot of new skaters in their first World Cup tours this season,” he commented. “Will Dutton, Richard MacLennan, Gilmore Junio, these guys were all on the podium at last year’s World Junior Championships, so there’s a bright future for the men; there’s even a lot of guys back home in Calgary that are worth watching,” he concluded.

The next World Cup stop will be November 19-21, in Berlin, Germany.