Denny Morrison sixth at speed skating World Cup

A slip with about a lap and half to go may have cost Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., a medal on Saturday in the men’s 1,500-metres at the third stop on the long track speed skating World Cup circuit.

Erben Wennemars of the Netherlands, paired with Morrison, earned his second victory this season clocking 1:46.85 with Enrico Fabris of Italy second in 1:47.30 and Ivan Skobrev of Russia third in 1:47.69.

Morrison, second last season in the World Cup 1,500 standings, placed sixth in 1:48.18. After a great start, Morrison nearly lost his balance with 600 metres to go.

"My slip today was due to a mental lapse," said Morrison, 21. "I was looking to see where my pair was then when I looked back down I got out of stride and lost speed. I’ve had a good start to the season but my expectations were a bit higher for these opening World Cups. However with the heavy training coming in, I haven’t been able to be as strong as I would like, especially at the end of races."

Steven Elm of Red Deer, Alta., was 11th while Arne Dankers of Calgary was disqualified. In the B group race, Justin Warsylewicz of Regina was third and Mark Jesney of Saskatoon 17th.

In the women’s 5,000, Michèle d’Amours of Ste-Foy, Que., and Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg were fifth and 16th respectively in the B group race.

Competition ends Sunday.