Speed Skating

The Canadian Press - Saturday Nov. 30, 2013 10:53 ET

Brittany Schussler wins speed skating bronze

Winnipeg native 3rd in 1500m World Cup event

From left, silver medallist Yuliya Sokolova of Russia, American gold medallist Brittany Bowe and third placed Brittany Schussler of Canada stand during the award ceremony of the women's 1500m event in Astana, Kazahkstan. (Associated Press)


Winnipeg's Brittany Schussler won her seventh individual long-track World Cup medal Saturday, skating to a bronze in the women's 1,500 metres.

Schussler's time of one minute 57.78 seconds put her 0.50 second behind the winning time of American Brittany Bowe (1:57.28) and 0.08 behind silver medallist Yuliya Skokova of Russia (1:57.70).

"I have felt like my 1,500-metre races have been getting stronger every weekend," said Schussler. "I know there's still a lot of work to be done, but I'm confident I can build off this performance."
Schussler now has one silver and six bronze medals on the World Cup circuit. Her last individual medal was a bronze in the 3,000 metres in Moscow on Jan. 28, 2011. She also has won 15 medals -- including nine gold -- as a member of Canada's women's team pursuit squad, which currently holds the world record.

In men's competition, Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., placed fourth in the 1,000 metres with a time of 1:09.15. Shani Davis of the United States won his third straight 1,000 metres. Morrison was also fourth in the 1,000 metres in Salt Lake City, Utah on Nov. 16.

"Staying out of the spotlight has its advantages," Morrison said. "Despite two fourth place finishes now I've actually managed to beat everyone on the World Cup circuit, except for Shani Davis. And I know I can beat Shani Davis."

Kaylin Irvine of Calgary was second in the women's B 500 metre.

In men's B 500 metre, William Dutton of Humboldt, Sask., was fifth, Winnipeg's Tyler Derraugh was eighth and Morrison was 17th. Ottawa's Ivanie Blondin placed 13th and Edmonton's Nicole Garrido was 16th in women's B 1,500 metre. Dutton was fourth, Derraugh fifth and Regina's Lucas Makowsky 10th in the men's B 1,000 metres.

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