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Denny Morrison claims World Cup speed skating silver

Canada's Denny Morrison skates in the men's 1500 metres at the Essent ISU speed skating World Cup in Astana.

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Canada's Denny Morrison raced to a silver medal in the 1,500 metres at a long-track speed skating World Cup on Friday.

The native of Fort St. John, B.C., crossed just 0.11 seconds behind gold medalist Wouter Olde Heuvel of the Netherlands.

"Like anything, you always want better than you get in speed skating," Morrison said. "You're always trying to improve. . . I'm still happy with the second place. Overall, pretty good race — nice and smooth."

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Morrison finished in one minute 45.80 seconds, boosting Canada's medal total to five on the World Cup season — two gold, two silver and a bronze.

Cindy Klassen of Winnipeg was fifth in the 3,000 metres while Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., was 10th in her first 3,000 race in two months. Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic took the gold medal.

"I'm kind of mad about it," Nesbitt said. "It was all right, but I let it go too much in the second lap. I don't want to feel that way any more. There's no reason that I can't be in the top six, pretty much every time."

Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg was 19th.

Mathieu Giroux, of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., was 14th in the men's 1,500 metres.

In the women's 500 metres, Nesbitt was 11th while Calgary's Anastasia Bucsis was 18th. Sang-Hwa Lee of South Korea won the gold.

Gilmore Junio of Calgary was 11th in the men's 500, won by Tae-Burn Mo of South Korea.

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