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News February 2011

Saturday, 19 February 2011

The Dutch claimed gold in both distances today at the World Cup in Salt Lake City. Marrit Leenstra skated to the fastest time in the 1500m, whereas Bob de Jong finished first in the 10k.

Marrit Leenstra’s 1:53.38 in today’s 1500m was good for her very first World Cup victory. Christine Nesbitt, who had claimed first place in all 1500m’s of the season thus far, finished third in 1:54.16. As for the other Canadians, Cindy Klassen was 7th in 1:55.25, Brittany Schussler was 8th in 1:55.26 and Shannon Rempel was 18th in 1:57.96.

In the men’s 10k, Bob de Jong finished first in 12:53.17. Noteworthy as well was Arjen van der Kieft’s first place finish in the B division. His 12:56.90 would have earned him a second-place finish in the A division. No Canadians competed in the A division of this distance.

For complete results click here.

Friday, 18 February 2011

The long distances World Cup in Salt Lake City had a great start today with an amazing world record, when Martina Sablikova skated to the fastest time ever skated by a woman in the 5000m. On top of that, Trevor Marsicano finished first in the men's 1500m.

Martina Sablikova ruled the women's 5000m today, with her amazing world record. She crossed the finish line after 6:42.66, which was a huge improvement of her old world record of 6:45.61, skated in March 2007. First Canadian was Cindy Klassen in 6:55.98 (5th), and Brittany Schussler was 12th in 7:12.68.

In the men's 1500m, Trevor Marsicano finished first in 1:43.35. First Canadian was Denny Morrison, who came in 4th in 1:43.62. Lucas Makowsky was 10th in 1:44.97.

For complete results click here.