Saturday, December 6, 1997
Canadians perform well at World CupHEERENVEEN, Netherlands (CP) -- Six-time world champion Gunda Niemann of Germany broke her own world record in the women's 3,000 metres in World Cup long track speed skating Saturday.
Niemann clocked four minutes 01.80 seconds eclipsing her previous standard of 4:09.32 set in 1994 at the Olympic Oval in Calgary. Her compatriot Claudia Pechstein clocked 4:08.70 but was disqualified. Tonny de Jong of the Netherlands was second in 4:12.36 and Svetlana Bazhanova of Russia was third in 4:13.10.
Cindy Overland of Kitchener, Ont., set the Canadian record placing fifth in the second seed of skaters. Her time was 4:21.39 breaking the previous standard of 4:21.51 set by Susan Massitti of Vermillion, Alta.., last year.
Massitti was seventh in the second seed and Ingrid Liepa of Ottawa 12th.
"I didn't feel I had a 4:21 in me but I was able to overcome that," said Overland, 21, whose brother Kevin set a world record in the 1,500 last week at a Can-Am meet in Calgary. "It was mentally a challenge to keep the race together because I just had a feeling my legs weren't there."
In the men's 1,500, the Netherlands grabbed the top four placings. World champion Rintje Ristma was first in 1:49.58, last week's winner Ids Postma was second in 1:49.84, Jan Bos followed in 1:50.35 and Martin Hersman was fourth in 1:51.05.
Neal Marshall of Coquitlam, B.C., suffered some bad luck placing 13th in 1:52.68, after finishing 14th last week. Marshall, 28, stripped an edge on his left skate warming-up and competed basically on one leg.
In the second seed, Jason Parker of Yorkton, Sask., a world championship bronze medallist last year, placed first, Kevin Marshall of Coquitlam was fourth, Steven Elm of Calgary seventh and Mark Knoll of Regina ninth.
Competition ends Sunday with the men's 5,000 and women's 1,500.
HEERENVEEN, the Netherlands (CP) -- Results Saturday at a World Cup long track speed-skating competition (all distances in metres):
1,500: 1. Rintje Ristma, Netherlands, one minute, 49.58 seconds; 2. Ids Postma, Netherlands, 1:49.84; 3 (tie). Jan Bos, Netherlands, and Martin Hersman, Netherlands 1:50.35; 5. Hiroyuki Noake, Japan, 1:51.18; 6. Adne Sondral, Norway, 1:51.19; 7. Peter Adeberg, Germany, 1:51.25; 8. Jeroen Straathof, Netherlands, 1:51.41; 9 (tie). Jae-Bong Choi, South Korea, and Andrey Anufrienko, Russia, 1:52.25;
13. Neal Marshall, Coquitlam, B.C., 1:52.68. Second seed: 1. Jason Parker, Yorkton, Sask., 1:52.41; 4. Kevin Marshall, Coquitlam, 1:52.93; 7. Steve Elm, Calgary, 1:53.13; 9. Mark Knoll, Regina, 1:53.29.
3,000: 1. Gunda Niemann, Germany, 4:07.80 (world record, previous mark Niemann,4:09, 32, Calgary, 1994); 2. Tonny de Jong, Netherlands, 4:12.36; 3. Svetlana Bazhanova, Russia, 4:13.10; 4. Elena Belci, Italy, 4:13.73; 5. Carla Zijlstra, Netherlands, 4:14.71; 6. Tatiana, Trapeznikova, Russia, 4;15.33;
7. Heike Warnicke Germany, 4:15.37; 8. Anni Friesenger, Germany, 4:15.99; 9. Kirstin Holum, U.S., 4:16.25; 10. Ljudmila Prokasheva, Russia, 4:16.34. Second seed: 5. Cindy Overland, Kitchener, Ont., 4:21.39; 7. Susan Massitti, Vermillion, Alta., 4:22.08; 12. Ingrid Liepa, Ottawa, 4:24.53.