CANOE NAGANO '98 ISP DIRECTORY
Sunday, December 14, 1997
Liepa top Canadian
HAMAR, Norway (CP) -- Olympic champion Emese Hunyady of Austria earned her first 1,500 metre win this season on Sunday to close the gap on Germany's Claudia Pechstein in the overall standings in World Cup long track speed skating.
Hunyady clocked one minute and 59.28 seconds finishing just ahead of Pechstein in second at 1:59.74. After three events the German is ahead 135 to 130 points in the standings.
Both skaters moved ahead of six-time world champion Gunda Niemann of Germany out with a knee injury.
American Chris Witty, the current world record holder in the 1,000, was third in 2:00.90. In the second seed, Ingrid Liepa of Ottawa was fifth and Cindy Overland of Kitchener, Ont., sixth.
In the men's 5,000, Norwegian Kjell Storelid took his first victory of the season clocking 6:34.40 with Keiji Shirahata of Japan second in 6:35.21 and Gianni Romme of the Netherlands third in 6:36.16.
In the second seed, Steve Elm of Calgary was 10th, Mark Knoll of Regina 12th and Neal Marshall of Coquitlam, B.C., 21st. Marshall, 28, is a 1,500 specialist, who has placed second overall in the 1,500 World Cup standings the past two seasons.
In three World Cup races this year he's finished 14th, 13th and 10th.
The Canadians return home today to prepare for the Olympic trials which get underway Dec. 27 in Calgary.