Denny Morrison second in 1000m at World Sprint Championships in Moscow

On day two of the World Sprint Championships in Moscow, Denny Morrison (Fort St. John, BC) offered Canada’s best performance, finishing second in the men’s 1000m with a time of 1:08.77. American skater Shani Davis won the distance with a time of 1:08.66, and third place went to Russia’s Yevgeny Lalenkov.

“Coming in a couple of days before the races wasn’t ideal but things got a lot better today,” said Denny Morrison after today’s race. “Having a good day is a booster for sure. As I am looking forward to the World Cup next week, it’s a reminder to keep my focus on the right things. The first 1000m I skated in Richmond at the winter trials wasn’t great, then the next day because my previous race wasn’t great I had to refocus. Now, I think I have to keep reminding myself of that so I don’t waste any races.”

Also in the 1000m, Kyle Parrott (St. Albert, AB) came in 12th with a time of 1:10.39. Jamie Gregg (Edmonton, AB) took 21st place in 1:11.30. In the men’s 500m, Gregg finished in 9th place, only 0.49 second behind Japanese skater Keiichiro Nagashima, the winner of the race. Morrison was 13th with a time of 35.71 while Parrot took 14th place.

With his second place in the 1000m, Morrison takes 5th place of the overall standings for the event. For both Parrott and Gregg, this was their first appearance at a World Sprint Championships and they finished 13th and 14th overall.

On the ladies’ side, Shannon Rempel (Winnipeg, MB) came in 18th in the 500m. Tamara Oudenaarden (St. Albert, AB) finished 23rd and Kerry Dankers (Melville, SK) was 25th. In the 1000m’s, Rempel finished 7th of the group and Oudenaarden came in 24th, which places them 14th and 24th overall in the competition, while Dankers is 25th.

“The entire team performed better today. The 1000m was a great improvement for both Denny and Shannon,” mentioned National Coach Xiuli Wang. “Shannon is still not back at a 100% but today was a big step forward. Parrott and Gregg did an excellent job for young male athletes performing at the level they are. They both finished in the top 14 overall in their first participation at a sprint championship.”

The next stop for our Canadian skaters will be next weekend for the 6th World Cup of the season to be held in Kolomna, Russia.