Denny picks up a bronze in Berlin

Fort St. John’s Denny Morrison finished in third at the first World Cup Speed Skating event in Berlin Sunday.

With a time of 1:45.69, Denny came in third in the 1500m race, just over a second behind race winner Shani Davis from the US.  This was Denny’s first podium finish at the meet after stumbling in the 1000m race on Friday.  On Saturday, Denny’s brother Jay competed in the 5000m race and came in 17th with a time of 6:38.44.

Canadian Christine Nesbitt picked up her second gold medal in as many days Sunday, decisively winning the 1,500 metres Sunday at the season-opening speedskating World Cup.

The 24-year-old from London, Ont., zipped to victory in one minute 55.54 seconds, nearly a second and a half better than Czech
Martina Sablikova’s time of 1:56.99.

Sablikova’s skate prevented a Canadian sweep of the podium, as Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg was third in 1:57.26 while Kristina Groves of Ottawa was fourth in 1:57.62.

Cindy Klassen of Winnipeg, on the comeback trail after surgery on both her knees last year, was ninth in 1:58.63, while Justine L’Heureux of St-Tite, Que., was 24th in 2:04.32.

Nesbitt’s victory came after she won the 1,000 metres on Saturday, a distance at which she’s the defending world champion.  Nesbitt also won bronze in the 1,500 at the world championships and her strong performances in Berlin reaffirm her emergence as a top
contender at the 2010 Olympics.