Wotherspoon finishes ninth in 500m

Canadian speed skater Jeremy Wotherspoon’s quest for gold continues following Monday’s disappointing ninth place finish in the 500 metres at the Torino Olympic Winter Games.

The 29-year-old from Red Deer, Alta., finished with a combined time of 71.05 seconds in the two-round competition at the Oval Lingotto.

"I didn't race very close to my ability in the first race," Wotherspoon said. "I was pretty mad at myself after that race.

"I had a hard time refocusing after that race for the next race."

Gold medallist Joey Cheek of the U.S. finished with a time of 69.76 seconds.

Russia's Dmitry Dorofeyev (70.41) won silver while Korea's Kang Seok Lee (70.43) grabbed the bronze.

Winnipeg’s Michael Ireland moved up into seventh with a strong second skate of 35.29 seconds after finishing the first skate ranked 11th (35.59).

For Ireland, the result marked a strong performance after missing most of last season with a serious concussion stemming from a mountain bike crash in September 2004.

Two other Canadians were also entered. Vincent Labrie, who turns 23 on Feb. 14 and lives in St. Romuald, Que. was 27th (72.43), while Cornwall's Brock Miron, 25, was right behind in 28th (72.54).

Because of the addition of the team pursuit, it marked the first time both 500's were contested the same day.

With files from CBC & Sun Media.