Speed Skating

Dean Campbell - Friday Feb. 21, 2014 10:44 ET

Canadians will race for bronze in men's speed skating pursuit

Canadian women eliminated in quarter-finals

Canadian team pursuit

Canadians Mathieu Giroux, Lucas Makowsky, and Denny Morrison skate to a semifinals berth in the men's team pursuit at the Sochi 2014 Olympics. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP Getty Images)

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The Canadian men's pursuit speed skating team will race for a bronze medal on Saturday after losing the semifinal heat to South Korea on Friday at the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

Canada will face Poland for the bronze medal race at 8:51 a.m. ET on Saturday.

In the gold medal race, South Korea will face the Netherlands, a powerhouse in speed skating.

Denny Morrison, Mathieu Giroux and Lucas Makowsky started strong in their heat on Friday, but a late push by the South Korean team could not be matched by the Canadian side.

The Netherlands easily dispatched the Polish team during the semis. The Dutch team set the fastest time across the heats, finishing the eight-lap race in a time of three minutes, 40.78 seconds.

The Canadian men had advanced from the quarter-finals after facing the American team. The Americans struggled with form and team unity, and dropped well back of the Canadians.

Canada's women's team eliminated

The Canadian women’s team was eliminated in the quarter-finals, losing to Russia. Christine Nesbitt, Brittany Schussler and Kali Christ could not match the pace of the host team over the final two laps of the race, finishing 0.53 seconds back.

Poland advanced to Saturdays semifinals and will face Russia. Japan easily beat the South Korean team to also advance.

The Japanese squad will face a big challenge in the form of the Netherlands. The Dutch team set a new Olympic record, eliminating the Americans. The Dutch women finished the six-lap race in 2:58.61, more than five seconds faster than the Japanese skaters.

The women’s semifinals, along with the men and women’s finals begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m. ET on CBC-TV and streaming live at CBC.ca/Olympics.

 

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