Silver medal for Cindy Klassen at World Cup final

Cindy Klassen’s super season continued Saturday as the Winnipeg native notched a silver medal in the women’s 3,000 metres at the World Cup final in long track speed skating.

Claudia Pechstein of Germany won the gold medal in 4:05.09 while Klassen, the Olympic bronze medallist in the event in 2002, followed in 4:07.25 for her best result in the distance this season. Daniela Anschutz of Germany was third in 4:07.94.

Kristina Groves of Ottawa was seventh in 4:10.30.

In the 3,000/5,000 combined standings, Renate Groenewold of the Netherlands continues to lead with 345 points. Clara Hughes of Winnipeg, not at this competition, stands fifth at 260, Klassen is seventh at 242 and Groves eighth at 240. The 5,000 finale is on Sunday.

In the men’s 1,000, Jan Bos led the Netherlands to the top-four placings clocking 1:09.45. Gerard Van Velde was second and Erben Wennemars took third and won the season World Cup title. Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., placed 10th and finishes fourth in the distance’s World Cup standings. On Friday Wotherspoon clinched the 500 World Cup title for a fourth straight year.

In the women’s 1,000 Jennifer Rodriguez of the U.S., took the gold in 1:15.65 while Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg was 16th. Rempel, 20, who earned two World Cup medals this season finishes fifth in the World Cup standings.

Arne Dankers of Calgary was seventh in the men’s 10,000.

In B group races, Jason Parker of Yorkton, Sask., was fifth in the men’s 1,000 while Steven Elm of Red Deer and Jay Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., tied for sixth and Jean-René Bélanger of Sherbrooke, Que., placed 14th. In the women’s 1,000, Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., was sixth, Krisy Myers of Lloydminster, Sask., ninth, Danielle Wotherspoon of Red Deer 10th and Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg 13th. In the women’s 3,000, Michele d’Amours of Ste-Foy was fourth and Nesbitt eighth.

Competition ends Sunday.