Denny Morrison (Fort St. John, BC) skated a superb 500m race today to win for the second year in a row the first place in the distance at the World Allround Championships. Christine Nesbitt (London, ON) showed that she is one of the world’s most versatile and prolific long distance skaters by also finishing first in the 500m. Like Morrison, Nesbitt was the top skater in the 500m of the event last year as well.
“I’ve done lots of 500m this season and actually it was my fastest one this far. I am happy to win and I was expecting to do well. With the training, I am definitely on target for next year. I am stronger physiologically and there’s been lots of improvement technically,” mentioned Morrison to news reporters in a teleconference. “I expect to do well tomorrow in the 1500m. I am more the type of middle distance skater and after a strong 500m, we’re looking for a strong 1500m.”
Continuing on his winning streak of the past few weeks, Denny Morrison won the men’s 500m race thanks to a time of 35.55 seconds. Following him in second place was Norway’s Havard Bakko (35.99). Poland’s Konrad Niedzwiedki came in third with a time of 36.04 seconds. Also racing the 500m were veteran skater Steven Elm (Red Deer, AB) who came in 12th and young Lucas Makowsky (Regina, SK) who finished 19th.
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