Three Canadian women in top 10 after two races

Three Canadian women in top 10 after two races at the World All-Round Championships in Moscow

MOSCOW Speed Skating Canada’s national long track team competed today at the 2012 Essent ISU World All-Round Championships in Moscow. Today’s races at the Krylatskoe Icerink featured the men’s and women’s 500 metres, the women’s 3,000 and men’s 5,000.

After two races, Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., is in second place with 79.891 points. Defending champion Ireen Wust, of the Netherlands, is first with 79.818. Winnipeggers Cindy Klassen is sixth with 81.270 points and Brittany Schussler is eighth with 81.558. Edmonton Nicole Garrido is 23rd (84.416). Champions are determined by cumulative points after four races.

Nesbitt, last year’s silver medallist, won today’s 500 metres in a time of 38.30 seconds and was sixth (4:09.55) in the 3,000-metre distance. Klassen was fifth in the 3,000 metres with a time of 4:07.49, and 11th in the 500 metres (40.02). Schussler had a seventh (4:09.83) place finish in the 3,000 and eighth in the 500 (39.92). Garrido was 22nd (4:16.66) in the 3,000 and 23rd (41.64) in the 500.

On the men’s side after two races, Lucas Makowsky of Regina is 17th with 77.125 points. Winnipeg’s Stefan Waples is 21st (78.626). Justin Warsylewicz of Regina is 22nd (78.697) and Toronto’s Jordan Belchos is 23rd (78.741).

Makowsky was ninth in the 500 metres in a time 36.81 seconds and 21st (6:43.15) in the 5,000 metres. Waples had a time of 37.79 in the 500 metres for 19th place, and was 6:48.36 in the 5,000 to rank 22nd. Warsylewicz was 18th (37.65) in the 500 metres and 23rd (6:50.47) in the 5,000. In the 500 metres, Belchos was 23rd (38.48) and 19th (6:42.61) in the 5,000.

On Sunday, they will compete in the men’s and women’s 1,500 metres, the women’s 5,000 and men’s 10,000.

After Moscow, the long track schedule continues with a World Cup in Heerenveen, the Netherlands, from March 2-4.