Denny finishes in 8th at first World Cup Event of the Season

Photo:  Denny Morrison competes at the first World Cup Event in Berlin – Getty Images

Denny Morrison finished 8th at the first World Cup Speedskating event of the season.

Morrison finished with a time of 1:46.59.  The big story from the meet was Jeremy Wotherspoon who taken to hospital after a crash. 

Wotherspoon, from Red Deer, Alta., fell as he was entering the last corner and suffered a broken upper left arm in the 500-metre race on Saturday, according to Speed Skating Canada.

He was carried off the ice on a stretcher.

"What happened to Jeremy is regrettable," said Michael Crowe, the men’s sprint team coach. "This injury will keep him away from competitions for weeks to come. At the very least there should be no need for surgery."

Crowe is confident that Wotherspoon didn’t commit any technical mistake at the turn, and says that ice conditions and the facilities’ age had a role in the gravity of the injury.

Wotherspoon, who won a dozen World Cup medals last year, including eight gold, took the entire 2006-07 season off.

Joji Kato of Japan set a track record to win the race, timing 34.70 seconds to edge China’s Yu Fengtong, who was second in 35.07.

Finland’s Mika Poutala clocked 35.13 for third.