Shani Davis of the United States shattered the course record in winning the 1,000-metre race at the season-opening speedskating World Cup on Friday, while Canadian Denny Morrison was sixth.
Davis clocked one minute 8.53 seconds for an overwhelming win over Yevgeny Lalenkov of Russia, who was second in 1:09.11. Mun Joon of South Korea was third in 1:09.43.
Morrison, from Fort St. John, B.C., was over a second off the pace with his time of 1:09.74.
Richard MacLennan was 17th while Francois-Olivier Roberge of Ste-Foy, Que., was 19th.
Another course record fell in the women’s 3,000 when Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic finished in 4:00.75. Masako Hozumi of Japan was second in 4:06.25 and Stephanie Beckert of German third in 4:07.17.
Kristina Groves of Ottawa was fifth in 4:07.98, followed by Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg in 4:09.42 and Clara Hughes of Glen Sutton, Que., in 4:09.77.