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Denny Morrison misses chance at 3rd medal along the Canadian Trail

Long track speed skaters fourth in team pursuit

Mathieu Giroux, Lucas Makowsky and Denny Morrison skate to fourth place in the team pursuit final on Saturday as the long track events came to close. (Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images)

Disappointment on the ice and snow, and some personal bests were the story of an upside-down Day 15, along the Canadian Trail.

The men’s team pursuit long track speed skating squad of Mathieu Giroux of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., Lucas Makowsky from Regina and Denny Morrison, of Fort St. John, B.C., lost the bronze medal race to Poland by 2.33 seconds.

They had come in as the defending champions, but were considered a long shot to repeat.

In the women’s pursuit, Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, Kali Christ of Regina and Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg defeated the U.S. to win the C final and finish fifth overall.

High hopes in bobsleigh did not produce results in the first two runs of the four-man competition at the Sanki Sliding Center.

Canada 3, with pilot Justin Kripps of Summerland, B.C., Jesse Lumsden from Burlington, Ont., Cody Sorensen of Ottawa and Ben Coakwell from Saskatoon put in a strong first run but ran into trouble in the second when they flipped over in the late going. All were safe.

Meanwhile, Canada 1, with pilot Lyndon Rush of Humboldt, Sask., Calgary's Lascelles Brown, and David Bissett and Neville Wright of Edmonton are 10th with two runs to go, and Canada 2, with pilot Chris Spring of Calgary, Toronto's Timothy Randall, James McNaughton from Newmarket, Ont., and Bryan Barnett of Edmonton was 13th.

Elsewhere along the Trail:

• The men’s biathlon 4 x 7 km relay team put together Canada’s best-ever finish in the event as Jean-Phillippe le Guellec of Shannon, Que., Scott Perras from Regina, Brendan Green of Hay River, N.W.T. and Nathan Smith of Calgary placed seventh. They only skied one penalty lap for misses on the shooting range.

• In men’s slalom, Michael Janyk, of Whister, B.C. was 16th in the two-run event, Philip Brown of Toronto was 20th, while Trevor Philp and Brad Spence, both of Calgary, did not finish the second run.

• Jasey-Jay Anderson, from Mont-Tremblant, Que., was 15th in qualifying for the men’s parallel slalom, but lost in the opening round of head-to-head races to eventual silver medal winner Zan Kosir of Slovenia. Michael Lambert, from Toronto, went out in the first round, while Matthew Morison, of Burketon, Ont., did not advance to the dual races.

• On the women’s side, Ariane Lavigne of Lac-Superieur, Que., was 17th in qualifying and did not advance to the duals, Caroline Calve, from Aylmer, Que., was 26th and Marianne Leeson, from Burlington, Ont., was 27th.

With files from The Canadian Press

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