Kristina Groves & Morrison brothers star at Canadian single distances long track speed skating championships

CALGARY – Kristina Groves of Ottawa won her second gold medal while the Morrison brothers, Denny and Jay, finished 1-2 to highlight Sunday’s 1,500 metre races at the Canadian single distances long track speed skating championships.

In the women’s 1,500, Groves clocked 1:54.86 with World Cup leader Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., second in 1:57.20 and Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg third in 1:57.27.

‘’I was surprised with the time,’’ said Groves, the 3,000 winner on Saturday and second to Nesbitt in the World Cup standings. ‘’I did have one of my fastest opening 300 metres ever and the rest of it was solid except for the last lap which was kind of lousy. It was a good test for me.’’

In the men’s 1,500, Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., took the gold in 1:42.76 with his brother Jay Morrison second in 1:45.27. Steven Elm of Red Deer, Alta., was third in 1:45.69. With his performance Jay Morrison joins his brother for the upcoming World Cup events.

‘’It was a pretty good race,’’ said Denny Morrison, with two World Cup silver medals this season at the distance. ‘’I gave myself a bit of gap for the all around title which is a goal of mine here. The 10,000 (Monday’s final race), is not my best race so I need as much room as possible. Today I was really relaxed and my splits were very even. I improved my corners as well.’’

In Saturday’s men’s 5,000, Arne Dankers of Calgary was the victor in 6:24.85 with Justin Warsylewicz of Calgary second in 6:27.06 and Denny Morrison third in 6:27.68.

Competition ends Monday at the Olympic Oval.