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News December 2010

Sunday, 12 December 2010

On the second day of the sprint World Cup in Obihiro, Jenny Wolf and Joji Kato finished first in the women’s and men’s 500m, and Heather Richardson and Samuel Schwarz raced to the fastest times in the women’s and men’s 1000m.

After three victories in a row for Sang-Hwa Lee in the 500m, Jenny Wolf finished first in today’s 500m. With her 38.03 she was 0.18 faster than Lee. First Canadian was Shannon Rempel in 39.26 (12th), Anastasia Bucsis was 19th in 39.69.

In the men’s 500m, Joji Kato raced to a new track record: 34.96. Jamie Gregg finished 5th in 35.31, Vincent Labrie was 12th in 35.80, Gilmore Junio was 16th in 35.94 and William Dutton was 18th in 36.28.

Like yesterday, Heather Richardson claimed victory in the women’s 1000m; today she stopped the clock at 1:17.27. Shannon Rempel was 8th in 1:18.92 and Anastasia Bucsis was 17th in 1:20.55.

And finally, there was a huge surprise in the men’s 1000m, when Samuel Schwarz took first place, beating Shani Davis by 0.17 with his 1:09.98. The last time Davis did not win an international 1000m was in March 2009. Jamie Gregg was the first Canadian in 1:10.67 (9th), Denny Morrison was 14th in 1:11.03 and Richard MacLennan was 18th in 1:12.15.

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Saturday, 11 December 2010

On the first day of the sprint World Cup in Obihiro, there were gold medals for Sang-Hwa Lee and Kang-Seok Lee in the women’s and men’s 500m, and Heather Richardson and Shani Davis finished first in the women’s and men’s 1000m.

For Sang-Hwa Lee this was her third World Cup gold medal in a row in the 500m; today she completed the distance in 38.18. For Team Canada, Shannon Rempel was 11th in 39.24 and Anastasia Bucsis was 21st in 39.77.

In the men’s 500m Kang-Seok Lee raced to the fastest time of the day: 35.11. First Canadian was Jamie Gregg in 35.41 (10th), Vincent Labrie was 16th in 35.71, William Dutton was 18th in 36.05 and Gilmore Junio was 19th in 36.20.

Christine Nesbitt, gold-medalist in all World Cup 1000m’s she competed in thus far this season, is not racing in Obihiro, which may have made way for Heather Richardson’s first World Cup victory in the distance. She stopped the clock at 1:16.45. Shannon Rempel was 5th in 1:17.96 and Anastasia Bucsis finished 21st in 1:20.90.

And finally, Shani Davis claimed another victory in the men’s 1000m with his 1:09.56. Denny Morrison was third in 1:10.39, Jamie Gregg was 12th in 1:10.88 and Richard MacLennan was 20th in 1:14.52.

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Sunday, 5 December 2010

On the second day of the sprint World Cup in Changchun, three of the four gold medals were won by the same skaters as yesterday: Sang-Hwa Lee, Christine Nesbitt and Stefan Groothuis all claimed another World Cup victory in respectively the women’s 500m and 1000m and the men’s 1000m. Only today’s men’s 500m saw another gold-medalist: Tucker Fredricks finished first.

In today’s women’s 500m, Sang-Hwa Lee won her second 500m of the weekend; this time she needed 38.22 to complete the distance. First Canadian was Shannon Rempel in 39.32 (11th), Christine Nesbitt was 13th in 39.40.

In the men’s 500m, Tucker Fredricks finished first in 35.26, only 0.01 faster than silver-medalist Jan Smeekens. The Canadian men came in 18th (Jamie Gregg, 35.84), 20th (Vincent Labrie, 36.03) and 21st (William Dutton, 36.17).

In the women’s 1000m, Christine Nesbitt again proved that so far she’s the one to beat in the middle distances this season; with her 1:16.55 she was 1.04 faster than silver-medalist Heather Richardson. Brittany Schussler finished 4th (1:18.06), Cindy Klassen was 8th (1:18.60), Shannon Rempel finished 9th (1:18.65), and Anastasia Bucsis was 22nd in 1:20.74.

And finally, in the men’s 1000m Stefan Groothuis raced to another track record: 1:09.39. Jamie Gregg was 11th in 1:11.41, Philippe Riopel was 14th in 1:11.55 and Denny Morrison finished 16th in 1:11.85.

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Saturday, 4 December 2010

On the first day of the sprint World Cup in Changchun, Sang-Hwa Lee, Kang-Seok Lee, Christine Nesbitt and Stefan Groothuis finished first in respectively the women’s and men’s 500m and the women’s and men’s 1000m.

In the first women’s 500m of the weekend, Sang-Hwa Lee skated to the fastest time. With her 38.24 she was 0.05 faster than silver-medalist Jenny Wolf. The Canadian women finished 11th (Shannon Rempel, 39.19) and 14th (Christine Nesbitt, 39.35).

In today’s men’s 500m, Kang-Seok Lee was first in 35.10, where the Canadian men needed 35.66 (Jamie Gregg, 8th), 35.84 (Vincent Labrie, 14th) and 36.51 (William Dutton, 19th) to complete the distance.

Christine Nesbitt has been dominating the middle distances at World Cups so far, and today was no different in the 1000m. With her 1:16.07 she was 1.42 faster than Heather Richardson, who came in second in 1:17.49. Cindy Klassen finished 5th (1:18.17), Brittany Schussler was 7th (1:18.37) and Shannon Rempel came in 10th (1:18.60).

And finally, the men’s 1000m was won by Stefan Groothuis in 1:09.57. Denny Morrison was 8th in 1:11.10 and Philippe Riopel finished 12th in 1:11.38.

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