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    Saturday, November 15, 1997

    Canadians earn two long track golds

     ROSEVILLE, Minn. (CP) -- Catriona Le May Doan of Saskatoon and Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., each won gold medals and Mike Ireland of Winnipeg added a silver to cap a successful World Cup opener Saturday for Canadian long track speed skaters.
     In the women's 500, Le May Doan clocked 40.83 seconds for her first career World Cup victory.
     "I'm relieved the first day is over," said Le May Doan, a silver medallist in the 500 at last year's world championships. "I tried to go to fast and made some mistakes. It's pretty exciting to think what can happen if I put a good race together."
     Defending World Cup champion Franziska Schenk of Germany was second in 40.89 and her teammate Monique Garbrecht was third at 41.07.
     Olympic silver medallist Susan Auch of Winnipeg was fifth at 41.18, Linda Johnson Blair of Fort St. John, B.C., was a career-best seventh in 41.51 and Michelle Morton of Calgary was 15th in 41.92.
     Le May Doan later equalled a personal best fourth in the women's 1,000.
     Wotherspoon earned his first ever World Cup gold in a track record one minute 14.52 seconds in the men's 1,000. Last season, the 21-year-old Wotherspoon earned 14 top-10 World Cup results, including one silver medal.
     Jakko Jan Leeuwangh of Netherlands was second in 1:14.84, his teammate Jan Bos was third in 1:15.41 and Sylvain Bouchard of Loretteville, Que., was fourth in 1:15.64.
     In the men's 500, Hiroyazu Shimizu of Japan took the gold in 37.36, while Ireland followed in 37.49. Grunde Njos of Norway was third in 37.70.
     Sylvain Bouchard was sixth, Kevin Overland of Kitchener, Ont., seventh, Wotherspoon ninth and Patrick Bouchard of Cap-Rouge, Que., tied for 10th.
     Competition ends today with another set of 500- and 1,000-metre races for men and women.
     World Cup Speedskating Results
     ROSEVILLE, Minn. (CP) -- Results Saturday in the World Cup speedskating (all distances in meters):
     1. Hiroyasu Shimizu, Japan, 37.36; 2. Mike Ireland, Winnipeg, 37.49; 3. Grunde Njos, Norway, 37.70; 4. Erben Wennemars, Netherlands, 37.87; 5. Manabu Horii, Japan, 37.95; 6. Sylvain Bouchard, Loretteville, Que., 37.96; 7. (tie) Kevin Overland, Kitchener, Ont., and Liu Hongbo, China, 37.97; 9. Jeremy Wotherspoon, Red Deer, Alta., 38.04; 10. (tie) Patrick Bouchard, Cap-Rouge, Que., and Janne Hanninen, Finland, 38.10.
     1. Jeremy Wotherspoon, Red Deer, Alta., 1:14.52; 2. Jakko Jan Leeuwangh, Netherlands, 1:14.84; 3. Jan Bos, Netherlands, 1:15.41; 4. Sylvain Bouchard, Loretteville, Que., 1:15.64; 5. Manabu Horii, Japan, 1:15.68; 6. Erban Wennemars, Netherlands, 1:15.71; 7. Casey Fitzrandolph, U.S., 1:15.87; 8. Mike Ireland, Winnipeg, 1:16.24; 9. Kevin Overland, Canada, 1:16.55; 10. Cory Carpenter, U.S., 1:16.60; Patrick Bouchard, Cap-Rouge, Que., fell.
     WOMEN 500
     1. Catriona Le May Doan, Saskatoon, 40.83; 2. Franziska Schenk, Germany, 40.89; 3. Monique Garbrecht, Germany, 41.07; 4. Sabine Volker, Germany, 41.15; 5. Susan Auch, Winnipeg, 41.18; 6. Eriko Sammiya, Japan, 41.24; 7. Linda Johnson Blair, Calgary 41.51; 8. Tomomi Okazaki, Japan, 41.58; 9. (tie) Edel Therese Hoiseth, Norway, and Chris Witty, U.S., 41.60; 15. Michelle Morton, Calgary, 41.92.

     1. Franziska Schenk, Germany, 1:20.18; 2. Anke Baier-Loef, Germany, 1:21.68; 3. Chris Witty, U.S., 1:21.83; 4. Catriona Le May Doan, Saskatoon 1:21.97; 5. Sabine Volker, Germany 1:22.29; 6. Eriko Sammiya, Japan, 1:22.84; 7.Monique Garbrecht, Germany, 1:23.10; 8. Marianne Timmer, Netherlands, 1:23.14; 9. Aki Tonoike, Japan, 1:23.17; 10. Sandra Zwolle, Netherlands, 1:23.48; 16. Susan Auch, Winnipeg, 1:24.56; 26. Linda Johnson Blair, Fort St. John, B.C., 1:26.23; 28. Michelle Morton, Calgary, 1:26.28.