Nesbitt wins another gold medal in 1,000 metres at the World Cup

Nesbitt wins another gold medal in 1,000 metres at the World Cup

OTTAWA (Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011) For the second consecutive Essent ISU World Cup, Christine Nesbitt, of London, Ont., won the 1,000-metre long track speed skating race today in Astana, Kazakhstan. This is Nesbitt’s third gold medal of the season. In a time of 1:14.82, Nesbitt beat Netherlands’ teammates Thijsje Oenema by 1.300 seconds and Margot Boer by 1.307 seconds. (ISU results website)

“My race was good. I had a really fast first lap, and I think that probably really helped,” said Nesbitt. “I was just so excited to see something so fast for me. Skating under 1:15 anywhere outside of North America is really good. So I’m really, really happy with it.”

In other A division women’s 1,000 metres, Winnipeg’s Shannon Rempel finish in 19th spot (1:18.46). In the B division, Winnipeg’s Cindy Klassen was fourth (1:18.18), Calgary’s Anastasia Bucsis was sixth (1:18.53) and Tamara Oudenaarden of St. Albert, Alta., was 14th (1:19.46).

In the men’s 1,000 metres, Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., was fifth (1:09.37) and Edmonton’s Jamie Gregg was 15th (1:10.07). In the B division, Regina’s Lucas Makowsky was third (1:10.91), Calgary’s Gilmore Junio was fourth (1:11.10) and Kyle Parrott, of Minnedosa, Man., was disqualified.

In the first ever World Cup mass start, which sees the women do 15 laps and the men 20, Ottawa’s Ivanie Blondin was seventh (7:27.26) and Nicole Garrido of Edmonton was 10th (7:30.40). In the men’s race, Toronto’s Jordan Belchos was 14th (9:45.99) and Philippe Riopel of Lachanaie, Que., was 19th (9:50.07).

Women’s 1,000 metres: Gold, Christine Nesbitt of Canada (1:14.82); Silver, Thijsje Oenema of the Netherlands (1:16.120); Bronze, Margot Boer of the Netherlands (1:16.127).
Men’s 1,000 metres: Gold, Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands (1:08.85); Silver, Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands (1:08.92); Bronze, Tae-Bum Mo of Korea (1:09.29).
Women’s mass start: Gold, Mariska Huisman of the Netherlands (7:26.53); Silver, Claudia Pechstein of Germany (7:26.61); Bronze, Bo-Reum Kim of Korea (7:26.85).
Men’s mass start: Gold, Seung-Hoon Lee of Korea (9:40.51); Silver, Jonathan Kuck of the United States (9:40.67); Bronze, Hyung-Joon Joo of Korea (9:40.81).

After today’s races, Canada has won four gold medals, two silvers and a bronze in this season’s long track World Cup circuit.

The 2011-12 Essent ISU World Cup long track schedule continues next weekend, Dec. 2 to 4, in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

With Nesbitt’s medal today, the World Cup Podium Tracker by Intact Insurance is up to $20,000 (11 gold medals, seven silver and two bronze). Intact Insurance will award $1,000 in cash and prizes to a local speed skating club with each individual medal win. Last season, Intact Insurance awarded more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.

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