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Morrison misses podium by split second

Over the weekend, Denny Morrison narrowly missed making it onto a world cup podium. On Sunday, Feb.12 Morrison competed overseas in Hamar, Norway, in an Essent ISU World Cup event. Morrison raced in the men’s 1,500-metre event, finishing in a tie for fourth, only 0.01 seconds slower than third place.

Morrison finished in a tie with Norway’s Sverre Lunde Pederson, with a time of 1:47.652.

The fourth place finished earned the Fort St. John native 60 points, moving him to third place in the 1,500-metre standings.

Morrison also competed with some fellow Team Canada teammates in the Team Men Pursuit, placing fifth in that event with a time of 3:47.84. He and his fellow racers were only 2.42 seconds away from first place and the ranking earned them 50 points in the World Cup standings.

Following the competition, Morrison spoke about the 1500 metre race saying, "overall the race went pretty good, but the opener was half a second slower than where it should be and that is due to an oblique issue."

Morrison elaborated on the injury, stating that he injured it in a training session, but he is getting constant attention and it’s getting better ever day.

According to the speed skater, he will now return to Calgary for "a week of really hard training", which will set up for the end of the speed skating season, which will take place back in Holland.

Following the race in Norway, the 2011-12 long track World Cup schedule continues in Heerenveen, the Netherlands, from March 2-4.