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    Saturday, November 22, 1997

    Le May Doan breaks two records at World Cup

     CALGARY (CP) -- Catriona Le May Doan of Saskatoon demolished two world records Saturday in a blazing double gold medal performance to highlight another impressive Canadian outing in World Cup long track speed skating.
     Japan's Manabu Horii also broke his world mark in the men's 1,000 while the Canadian team continued its early season World Cup success, winning seven medals and three of the four races.
     Last weekend the Canadians earned eight medals winning five of eight races at the World Cup opener.
     In the 500 metres, Le May Doan, paired with teammate Susan Auch of Winnipeg, eclipsed American Bonnie Blair's world mark of 38.69 set in 1995 clocking 37.90 on what is considered the world's fastest ice.
     In the 1,000, the 26-year-old Canadian posted a 1:16.07 beating East Germany's Christa Rothenburger's record of 1:17.65 set at the 1988 Calgary Olympics.
     "It's nice to have those records on paper finally," said Le May Doan, who had unofficially broken the records earlier this fall at exhibition meets. "To go under 38 seconds in the 500 is particularly special. No one had ever done that, not even come close. It's a little mind boggling." Auch, the Olympic silver medallist, also went under the world mark in the 500 clocking 38.67 for second place and Sabine Volker of Germany was third in 38.73.
     Linda Johnson Blair of Fort St. John, B.C., was ninth and Michelle Morton of Calgary 13th.
     In a very close men's 1,000, eight skaters went under the old world mark. Horii and Jan Bos of the Netherlands tied for first clocking 1:10.63 beating Horii's previous record on 1:11.67 set here in 1996. Kevin Overland of Kitchener, Ont., was third in 1:10.64, Sylvain Bouchard of Loretteville, Que., fourth in 1:10.67 and Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., fifth in 1:10.76.
     Overland's pair Mike Ireland of Winnipeg fell just after the first 200 metres.
     In the men's 500, Wotherspoon, 21, grabbed the gold in a Canadian record 35.50. Jan Bos of the Netherlands was second in 35.77 while Ireland and Overland tied for third in 35.84.
     In the women's 1,000, five skaters went under the former world mark. Defending World Cup and world sprint champion Franziska Schenk of Germany was second behind Le May Doan in 1:16.24 and American Chris Witty third in 1:16.38. Auch was eighth in a personal best 1:18.42.
     Part of the reason for the outstanding times are the hinged clap skates now being employed by almost all skaters on the circuit. A hinge on the heel of the skate allows skaters to keep the blade on the ice when taking a stride. It is a technical innovation that is revolutionizing the sport.
     "The Canadians have an advantage on the clap skates because we've always been very strong technical skaters," said Sylvain Bouchard. "Technique becomes more crucial when you skate at high speeds. We're not big, muscular skaters by any means. I think we're just excellent pure skaters. That's our true secret."
     Competition continues Sunday with another set of 500 and 1,000 metre races for men and women.


     CALGARY (CP) -- Results Saturday at a World Cup long track speed skating competition. (all distances in metres):
     1. Jeremy Wotherspoon, Red Deer, Alta., 35.50 (Canadian record, previous mark 36.01 by Patrick Bouchard at Calgary in 1997); 2. Jan Bos, Netherlands, 35.77; 3. (tie) Mike Ireland, Winnipeg, and Kevin Overland, Kitchener, Ont., 35.84; 5. Hiroyasu Shimizu, Japan, 35.93; 6. Manabu Horii, Japan, 35.94; 7. Kyu-Hyuk Lee. South Korea, 35.95; 8. Yasunori Miyabe, Japan, 35.97; 9. Erbern Wennemars, Netherlands, 36.05; 10. Toshiyuki Koroiwa, Japan, 36.12; 11. Sylvain Bouchard, Loretteville, Que., 36.13.
     500 (second seed)
     2. Patrick Bouchard, Cap-Rouge, Que., 36.22.
     500 World Cup standings
     1. Wotherspoon, 116 points; 2. Ireland, 95; 3. Bos, 94; 4. Shimizu, 91; 5. (tie) Horii and Grunde Njos, Norway, 80; 7. Miyabe, 73; 8. Wennemars, 66; 9. Overland, 65; 10. Kuroiwa, 52;
     11. Sylvain Bouchard, 49; 16. Patrick Bouchard, 28.
     1,000 1. (tie) Manabu Horii, Japan and Jan Bos, Netherlands, 1:10.63 (world record, previous record Horii, 1:11.67, Calgary, 1996); 3. Kevin Overland, Kitchener, Ont., 1:10.64; 4. Sylvain Bouchard, Loretteville, Que., 1:10.67; 5. Jeremy Wotherspoon, Red Deer, Alta., 1:10.76; 6. Kyu-Hyuk Lee, South Korea, 1:10.86; 7. Erben Wennemars, Netherlands, 1;10.97; 8. Martin Herenan, Netherlands, 1:11.35; 9. Cory Carpenter, U.S., 1:11.96; 10. Casey Fitzrandolph, U.S., 1:12.03; Mike Ireland, Winnipeg, disqualified.
     WOMEN 500 1. Catriona Le May Doan, Saskatoon, 37.90 (world record, previous record Bonnie Blair, U.S., 38.69, Calgary, 1995); 2. Susan Auch, Winnipeg, 38.67; 3. Sabine Volker, Germany, 38.73; 4. Chris Witty, U.S., 38.91; 5. Eriko Sammiya, Japan, 39.13; 6. Svetlana Zhurova, Russia, 39.20; 7. Xue Ruihong, China, 39.21; 8. Kyoko Shimazaki, Japan, 39.28; 9. Linda Johnson Blair, Fort St. John, B.C., 39.33; 10. Monique Garbrecht, Germany, 39.37; 13. Michelle Morton, Calgary, 39.68.
     500 second seed 21.Leah Nattrass, Regina, 41.64.
     500 World Cup standings (after 3 of 8 races)
     1. Le May Doan, 145 points; 2. Auch, 125; 3. Volker, 110; 4. Franziska Schenk, Germany, 85; 5. Witty, 71; 6. Garbrecht, 66; 7. Zhurova, 58; 8. Sammiya, 56; 9. Morton, 46; 10. Tomomi Okazaki, Japan, 43; 11. Johnson Blair, 42.
     1,000 1. Catriona Le May Doan, Saskatoon, 1:16.07 (world record, previous record Christa Rothenburger, East Germany, Calgary, 1988); 2. Franziska Schenk, Germany, 1:16.24; 3. Chris Witty, U.S., 1:16.38; 4. Sabine Volker, Germany, 1:17.07; 5. Marianne Timmer Netherlands, 1:17.59; 6. Anke Baier-Loef, Germany, 1:18.36; 7. Aki Tonoike, Japan, 1:18.40; 8. Susan Auch, Winnipeg, 1:18.42; 9. Monique Garbrecht, Germany, 1:18.43; 10. Shiho Kusunose, Japan, 1:18.48.