|Posted on February 27, 2010 at 11:17 PM|
By Danny Celia, CTVOlympics.ca Posted Saturday, February 27, 2010 5:05 PM ET
Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press
Canada has struck gold at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
The men's long track speed skating team pursuit trio of Denny Morrison, Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux defeated the United States in a time of three minutes 41:37 seconds to capture the gold medal on Saturday.
The Americans closed the gap as the race wore on but could not catch the Canadians and finished in three 42.58 seconds to capture the silver medal. The Netherlands took home the bronze with an Olympic record time of three minutes 39.95 seconds.
The Canadian men dominated their first two races on the opener of a two-day event, setting an Olympic record on Friday in the quarterfinals to beat Italy, and then eclipsing that mark in the semifinal against Norway to advance to the gold-medal race.
The women's pursuit team of Christine Nesbitt, Kristina Groves and Brittany Schussler were upset when the heavily favoured Canadians fell to the United States in the opening round.
The Canadian men's team won silver in the pursuit at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, Morrison the only returning member of that group.