Canadian men's team pursuit speed skaters eliminated from medal contention

Canadian women finish in 10th and 14th in women's 500

By Pete Evans, CBC Sports

Canada's speed skating team pursuit squad finished in seventh place in their quarterfinal race at the Winter Olympic Games, and as such will not move on to skate for a medal.

The trio of Jordan Belchos, Ted-Jan Bloemen and Denny Morrison was facing off against the Japanese squad in the eight-team contest, in which the four best times move on to the medal round.

Canada got off to a slow start and couldn't seem to recover, crossing the finish line in three minutes, 41:37 seconds. That puts them in the D final against the United States on Wednesday.

"That was a super-hard field but we expected more of ourselves," Morrison said after the race. "We're all disappointed," his teammate Jordan Belchos added. "I look at what I could have done better and it sucks in the team when I see everyone sad. These are three of my best friends and we wanted to win together."

South Korea, the Netherlands, Norway and New Zealand will move on to the semifinals, which will go later this week.

Women's results

On the women's side, two Canadians were in contention in the women's 500. Marsha Hudey finished in 10th place with a time of 37.88 seconds, while her teammate Heather McLean was less than half a second behind her at 38.29, good enough for 14th place.

Japanese skate Nao Kodaira won gold with an Olympic record time of 36.94, while back-to-back defending champion Lee Sang-Hwa of South Korea took the silver with a time of 37.33.

Czech skater Karolina Erbanova rounded out the podium in third place.