Canada’s Christine Nesbitt wins silver medal at speed skating World Cup

Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., won her sixth individual medal this season on Sunday with a silver in the women’s 1,500-metres to conclude the third stop on the long track speed skating World Cup circuit.

Anni Friesinger of Germany remained unbeaten this season clocking 1:56.40 for the victory. Nesbitt took second spot in 1:58.04 and Daniela Anschutz Thoms of Germany was third in 1:59.77.

"It was probably my best 1,500 this season," said Nesbitt, 21, who has won three medals in both the 1,500 and 1,000 this season. "I had noticed in the men’s race yesterday that those that started fast had trouble near the end. I tried to be conservative at the start and once I got to my top speed I was able to maintain it."

Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg was 13th.

In the World Cup 1,500 standings after three of six races, Friesinger leads with 300 points, Nesbitt follows at 230 and Ireen Wust of the Netherlands is third at 150.

"The big thing I’ve learned on this trip is the importance of having a routine at each stop," said Nesbitt. "That way, I feel a lot more comfortable when race time comes."

In the men’s 10,000, Enrico Fabris of Italy was the winner in 13:14.94 while Arne Dankers of Calgary took eighth spot in 13:33.20. In the B group, Justin Warsylewicz of Regina was 14th, Mark Jesney of Saskatoon 16th, Steven Elm of Red Deer, Alta., 17th and Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., 22nd.

Next weekend, December 2-3, the sprinters (500 and 1,000 metres) are in action at a World Cup stop in Harbin, China.

From December 1-3, Saguenay, Que., hosts the third stop on the World Cup short track speed skating circuit. Montreal is the fourth stop the following weekend December 8-10.