|Posted on November 17, 2013 at 3:10 PM|
Fourth place in ‘solid’ race means speed skater regaining form after broken ankle
Denny Morrison, of Fort St. John, skates during the men’s 1500-metre competition at the World Cup speedskating event on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in Kearns, Utah. Davis came in first place.Photograph by: Rick Bowmer , AP
THE CANADIAN PRESS
KEARNS, Utah — Canadian Denny Morrison had another near podium skate in the 1,000 metres at a World Cup Speed Skating event in Utah, finishing in fourth place on Saturday.
The Fort St. John, B.C., native, who is making his way back after breaking his ankle while cross-country skiing in December 2012, missed a bronze medal by 0.41 seconds, with a time of 1:07.44.
Morrison was also fifth on Friday in his top event, the 1,500 metres. He once held the world record and won two world titles at that distance.
“Denny had a solid 1,000 metre race,” said Speed Skating Canada’s long-track program director Sean Ireland. “It was an improvement over his races last weekend in Calgary, and it is his best placing since his injury. It was good to see him return to a very high level of performance this weekend that again puts him close to medal contention in both the 1,000 and 1,500.”