Canada’s Christine Nesbitt earns second medal at speed skating World Cup

Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., notched her second silver medal in two days on Saturday in long track speed skating World Cup action placing second in the women’s 1,500 metres.

Anni Friesinger of Germany won the gold medal clocking 1:56.90 with Nesbitt second in 1:56.95 and Olympic bronze medallist Ireen Wust of the Netherlands third in 1:57.31. It was the same order of finish as in Friday’s season-opening 1,000.

Nesbitt was paired with Renate Groenewold of the Netherlands in the second to last pair of the day and beat her by two seconds. Friesinger and Wust were the final pair.

"With a Dutch girl as my pair I wanted to use the crowd to my advantage because I knew they’d be loud," said Nesbitt, 21, a member of Canada’s Olympic silver medal winning pursuit team. "My start wasn’t that great but I held it together until the finish and had some very strong laps. I’m very happy with how the season’s started. I’m just skating the way I have in Calgary (where she trains) in preparation for these World Cups."

Kristina Groves of Ottawa, the Olympic silver medallist, took fourth spot in 1:57.69, Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg was 12th and Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg 28th. In the B Group Justine L’Heureux of St-Tite, Que., was eighth.

Other Canadian results: in the men’s 1,000, François-Olivier Roberge of St. Nicolas, Que., was ninth, Denny Morrison of Fort St. John., B.C., 11th and Mike Ireland of Winnipeg 19th. In the B Group, Vincent Labrie of St- Romuald, Que., and Brock Miron of Calgary were ninth and 10th.

In the men’s 5,000, Arne Dankers of Calgary was ninth and Justin Warsylewicz 19th. In the B Group, Steven Elm of Red Deer, Alta., was third and Mark Jesney of Saskatoon seventh.

In the women’s 500, Rempel was 14th, Kim Weger of Regina 20th and Krisy Myers of Lloydminster, Sask., 25th. In the B Group, l’Heureux was third.

Competition ends Sunday.