Nesbitt notches third silver, Morrison on the podium at speed skating World Cup

Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., completed a silver hat trick while Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., earned his first medal this season to conclude the first stop on the long track speed skating World Cup circuit.

In the women’s 1,000, Anni Friesinger of Germany took the gold in 1:15.93 with Nesbitt second in 1:16.15 and Ireen Wust of the Netherlands third in 1:16.02. It was the same order of finish for Friday’s 1,000 and Saturday’s 1,500.

Kristina Groves of Ottawa was fifth in 1:17.05, Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg 10th, Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg 20th and Krisy Myers of Lloydminster, Sask., 27th.

In the men’s 1,000, Shani Davis of the U.S., took the gold in 1:09.17 edging Kyou-Hyuk Lee of South Korea in second at 1:09.26. with Morrison third in 1:09.35. Morrison was hoping to get back into the medals after finishing 11th in Saturday’s 1,000 and seventh in Friday’s 1,500.

"I felt a lot of relief after today’s performance," said Morrison, 21, second in the 1,500 World Cup standings last season and a member of the Olympic silver medal winning men’s pursuit team. "I just went out there focusing on being totally relaxed. I didn’t care about the result. After my first two races here I was wondering was up, because I felt so strong. But I just needed to race more efficiently."

François-Olivier Roberge of St-Nicolas, Que., was 10th, and Mike Ireland of Winnipeg 20th. In the B Group, Brock Miron of Calgary was second and Vincent Labrie of St-Romuald, Que., ninth.

Groves was also fifth in the women’s 3,000 with Michele d’Amours of Ste-Foy, Que., 20th, Schussler 28th, Justine l’Heureux of St-Tite, Que., 29th and Shannon Sibold of Calgary 30th.

In the men’s 500, Ireland was ninth, Miron 20th and Labrie 24th.

The next stop on the World Cup goes this Friday to Sunday in Berlin.