|Posted on November 25, 2011 at 12:05 PM|
Audio (MP3): Denny Morrison
OTTAWA – In the third last pairing of today’s final race at the long track speed skating Essent ISU World Cup in Astana, Kazakhstan, Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., gave Canada its only medal of the day with a silver in the 1,500 metres (1:45.80). He was only 0.11 seconds behind gold medallist Wouter Olde Heuvel of the Netherlands, and 0.16 seconds ahead of Havard Bokko of Norway. (ISU results website)
“Like anything, you always want better than you get in speed skating,” said Morrison. “You’re always trying to improve. To be one tenth off the track record and the win is motivating. I’m still happy with the second place. Overall, pretty good race – nice and smooth.”
After today’s races, Canada has won two gold medals, two silvers and a bronze in this season’s long track World Cup circuit.
The World Cup continues Saturday with the second men’s and women’s 500-metre race, and the women’s 1,500 metres and men’s 5,000 metres.
With Morrison’s medal, the World Cup Podium Tracker by Intact Insurance is up to $18,000 (nine 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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1.500m World Cup Astana, 1. Wouter Olde Heuvel (NED) 2. Denny Morrison (CAN) 3. Havard Bokko (NOR)