|Posted on January 30, 2011 at 8:05 PM|
By Speedskating Canada- Date posted: 01/30/2011
Denny Morrison (Fort St. John, BC) demonstrated he’s back in fine form, adding yet another medal to his collection. Morrison skated to silver in the men’s 1000m event in a time of 1:09.57; adding to his 1500m silver medal from Friday’s racing. Bart Schouten explained “We have a really good race plan for him, and it really seems to work. He’s getting better technically and stronger every week; he’s really on the right track – the coaches are very pleased with his progress. He’s working very cleverly – he brings a lot of good analytical qualities as a skater.”
All the Canadian men were top-fifteen in the 1000m event; Philippe Riopel (Lachenaie, QC) earned himself ninth place in 1:10.18 – his first top ten in World Cup racing, Jamie Gregg (Edmonton, AB) just missed top ten with eleventh place in 1:10.28 and Richard MacLennan (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) skated to 13th in 1:10.40.
The Netherlands’ Stefan Groothuis won the event in 1:08.82; Norway’s Mikael Flygind-Larsen took bronze in a time of 1:09.65.
In Group B, Tyler Derraugh (Winnipeg, MB) capped off his weekend with a fifth place finish in the 1000m event with a time of 1:10.90.
Team Canada’s Men’s Pursuit Team consisting of Riopel, Morrison, and Lucas Makowsky (Regina, SK) were two one-hundredths of a second from the bronze medal in their event, clocking a time of 3:47.17. “Phil (Riopel) doesn’t have a lot of experience in the pursuit event and he did a great job today, Lucas was still feeling jetlagged, and of course Denny has been skating hard all weekend, so overall we were very happy with their team result today,” concluded Schouten.
The event was won by Team Russia in a time of 3:43.71, silver went to Norway in 3:46.68, and Team Germany skated to bronze in 3:47.15.
Next up for Team Canada’s speed skaters are the World All-Round Championships, February 12 to 13th in Calgary, Alberta.
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