Tuesday, January 13, 1998
Canadians win four medalsBASELGA DI PINE, Italy (CP) -- Catriona Le May Doan of Saskatoon earned gold and bronze medals, Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., also won a race while Susan Auch of Winnipeg added a bronze at a World Cup speed skating competition Tuesday.
In the women's 500, Le May Doan earned her sixth win this season clocking a track record 38.72 seconds on a frosty outdoor oval.
Sabine Volker of Germany followed in 39.28 and Auch, paired with Le May Doan, came third in 39.29.
"I was surprised I won by that much," said Le May Doan, 27, the world record holder in the 500 and 1,500. "We hadn't raced a World Cup in over a month and I was curious to see how the international competition would fare against me this time."
Le May Doan leads the 500 standings with 245 points with Volker second at 200 and Auch, the Olympic silver medallist, third at 195.
Linda Johnson Blair of Fort St. John, B.C., was 10th, Michelle Morton of Calgary 15th while Sylvie Cantin of Ste-Foy, Que., was seventh in the second seed.
In the men's 1,000, Wotherspoon regained the World Cup lead, registering his fifth sprint victory in 1:12.17. Toshiyuki Kuroiwa of Japan was second at 1:12.84 and Jeroen Straathof of the Netherlands third at 1:12.96.
"After the Olympic trials, today's race felt a bit low key," said Wotherspoon, 21, the world record holder in the 1,000. "It was nice to not have so much stress. But these races are still important because I want to show myself that I can stay on top and can still properly execute my race plan."
Mike Ireland of Winnipeg was 13th.
In the women's 1,000, Franziska Schenk of Germany rebounded from her fourth place in the 500 to win in 1:17.74. Volker was second in 1:17.90 and Le May Doan, who skated without a pair, was third in 1:18.68.
Schenk leads Le May Doan 225 to 220 in the 1,000 standings.
In the men's 500, Jan Bos of the Netherlands grabbed the gold in 36.65 with his teammate Erben Wennemars second in 36.69 and world sprint champion Sergey Klechenya of Russia third in 36.73. Wotherspoon, also the World Cup leader in the 500, placed ninth. Ireland was 13th.
Competition continues Wednesday with another set of 500 and 1,000 metre races.