Speed Skating

The Canadian Press - Saturday Nov. 16, 2013 21:59 ET

Denny Morrison 4th at speed skating World Cup event

Canadian missed bronze by 0.41 seconds

Denny Morrison
Canada's Denny Morrison is making his way back after an ankle injury he suffered December 2012. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

Canadian Denny Morrison had another near podium skate in the 1,000 metres at a World Cup Speed Skating event in Utah, finishing in fourth place on Saturday.

The Fort St. John, B.C., native, who is making his way back after breaking his ankle while cross-country skiing in December 2012, missed a bronze medal by 0.41 seconds, with a time of 1:07.44.

Morrison was also fifth on Friday in his top event, the 1,500 metres. He once held the world record and won two world titles at that distance.

"Denny had a solid 1,000 metre race," said Speed Skating Canada's long-track program director Sean Ireland. "It was an improvement over his races last weekend in Calgary, and it is his best placing since his injury. It was good to see him return to a very high level of performance this weekend that again puts him close to medal contention in both the 1,000 and 1,500."

Gilmore Junio continued his streak of strong skating as he posted a personal best for the second straight day.

Following his gold-medal performance in the 500 on Friday, the Calgarian posted a 1:08.39 to finish fifth in the B 1,000.

Marsha Hudey of Regina also skated a personal best at 38.39 to put her fifth in the women's B 500. Kali Christ, also of Regina, set a personal best in the women's A 1,500 with 1:55.35.

The Canadian men's pursuit team, which won the gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, placed seventh with Morrison, Lucas Makowsky of Regina and Mathieu Giroux of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., skating.

Also in the women's B 500, Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg was seventh, Danielle Wotherspoon-Gregg of Regina 18th, Kaylin Irvine of Calgary 20th, and Heather McLean of Winnipeg 22nd.

Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg was seventh in the B 1,000 and Laurent Dubreuil of Levis, Que., 11th.

Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg was second in the B 1,500.

South Korea's Lee Sang-hwa broke the world record in the women's 500 metres for the second straight day and third time in eight days, finishing in 36.36 seconds. The defending Olympic champion broke her own record last Saturday in Calgary with a run of 36.74 and topped it again Friday in Kearns with a time of 36.57.

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