Canadas Nesbitt collects fourth straight World Cup 1,000 victory

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SALT LAKE CITY - Christine Nesbitt may have had one eye on the impending Christmas break, but the Canadian speedskater showed Sunday she still has plenty in the tank.
Nesbitt blazed to victory in the 1,000 metres Sunday, shaving nearly six-tenths of a second off her personal best. Her win capped a solid day for the Canadian team: She was part of the women's pursuit team that won a silver medal, while the men's team earned bronze.
Nesbitt, from London, Ont., won in a time of one minute 13.36 seconds to claim her second World Cup victory in as many days and her fourth straight at that distance. She won the 1,500 on Saturday.
Wang Beixing of China took the silver in 1:14.01, while Japan's Nao Kodaira took the bronze in 1:14.17.
Nesbitt admitted afterward that she's sore all over, and was at a loss to explain her incredible performance in the final World Cup event before the skaters enjoy some much-needed rest time.
"I was really surprised about my 1,000 today," said Nesbitt, who has pre-qualified for the Olympics at the distance. "That was way faster than my (personal best) was before.
"I saw that a lot of the girls were skating fast, but I didn't expect it to be that (fast). So I'm really happy with that."
Nesbitt said there may have been a few different factors at work Sunday.
"A lot of it to do with first 200 metres," she said. "I was faster than I've ever gone - don't know how I managed to do that. Maybe it was because of the ice, but it's also something I've been working on.
Even though I was really tired, and hurting more than usual, I was still able to keep my technique together."
Ottawa's Kristina Groves was seventh in 1:14.54, while Winnipeg's Cindy Klassen, who is rebounding from double knee surgery, finished 19th with a time of 1:15.60.
In the women's pursuit, the team of Nesbitt, Groves and Klassen placed second in 2:57.35. Russia narrowly won gold in 2:57.18, while Germany (2:57.36) edged the Netherlands for bronze.
The Canadian men's pursuit team, consisting of Montreal's Mathieu Giroux, Regina's Lukas Makowsky and Steven Elm of Red Deer, Alta., finished third in 3:40.34. Norway won gold in 3:39.55, followed by Italy in 3:39.72.
In the men's 1,000, American Shani Davis took gold in 1:06.67 ahead of South Korea's Lee Kyou-Hyuk (1:07.07) and Finland's Mika Poutala (1:07.24).
Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., was sixth (1:07.77) a day after being hampered by equipment issues in the 500.
Edmonton's Jamie Gregg finished ninth in 1:08.05, Kyle Parrott of St. Albert, Alta., was 11th (1:08.07) and Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., was 12th (1:08.24).

Organizations: Olympics

Geographic location: SALT LAKE CITY, London, Ont., China Japan Red Deer Ottawa Winnipeg Russia Germany Netherlands Montreal Norway Italy South Korea Finland Edmonton Albert Fort St. John

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