Denny Morrison second in World Sprint Championships in Russia

On day two of the World Sprint Championships in Moscow, Denny Morrison (Fort St. John, BC) offeredCanada’s best performance, finishing second in the men’s 1000m with a time of 1:08.77. American skater Shani Davis won the distance with a time of 1:08.66, and third place went to Russia’s Yevgeny Lalenkov.
 
“Coming in a couple of days before the races wasn’t ideal but things got a lot better today,” said Denny Morrison after today’s race. “Having a good day is a booster for sure. As I am looking forward to the World Cup next week, it’s a reminder to keep my focus on the right things. The first 1000m I skated in Richmond at the winter trials wasn’t great, then the next day because my previous race wasn’t great I had to refocus. Now, I think I have to keep reminding myself of that so I don’t waste any races.”
 
Also in the 1000m, Kyle Parrott (St. Albert, AB) came in 12th with a time of 1:10.39. Jamie Gregg (Edmonton, AB) took 21st place in 1:11.30. In the men’s 500m, Gregg finished in 9th place, only 0.49 second behind Japanese skater Keiichiro Nagashima, the winner of the race. Morrison was 13th with a time of 35.71 while Parrot took 14th place. 
 
With his second place in the 1000m, Morrison takes 5th place of the overall standings for the event. For both Parrott and Gregg, this was their first appearance at a World Sprint Championships and they finished 13th and 14th overall.

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