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Fort St. John's Denny Morrison wins speed skating gold at world championships

Posted on March 22, 2012 at 2:20 PM

by Vancouversun- 22.03.2012

Canadian skater snaps long international winless drought

By Gary Kingston, Vancouver Sun

Denny Morrison of Canada reacts after winning the men's 1500-metres race at the ISU World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in Heerenveen on Thursday, March 22, 2012.Photograph by: Michael Kooren, Reuters

VANCOUVER — Long track speed skater Denny Morrison of Fort St. John snapped a long international winless drought today by capturing the 1,500 metres at the world single distance championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

The 26-year-old, who won gold in the team pursuit at the 2010 Olympics but who hasn’t won an individual race since 2008, was clocked in one minute, 46.44 seconds, beating Ivan Skobrev of Russia by just 0.05 seconds.

Havard Bokko of Norway, the overall World Cup winner at 1,500 metres, was a close third in 1:46.50.

Morrison, who won gold in the 1,500 and bronze at 1,000 metres at the 2008 worlds and who once held the 1,500-metre world record, has struggled at times on the very competitive World Cup circuit to match that breakthrough.

Last season, he was sixth in the 1,500 at the world single distance championships and eighth at that distance in the World Cup standings.

This season, he was fourth overall in both the 1,500 and 1,000 with best finishes of second in the 1,500 at Astana, Kazakhstan, and second in the 1,000 at Salt Lake City.

The men will race the 1,000 at Heerenveen on Friday.

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