Canada's Morrison captures silver in men's 1,000m

2/12/2014 1:01:47 PM
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Canada's Denny Morrison has won silver in the men's 1,000-metre speed skating race.

Morrison, of Fort St. John, B.C., finished just 4/100ths of a second behind the winner, Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands, with a time of one minute, 08.43 seconds. The silver is Morrison's first individual Olympic medal, and Canada's first long track speed skating medal in Sochi.

Morrison was not initially on the roster for the race, after falling during the Canadian Olympic team trials. Teammate Gilmore Junio announced yesterday that he was giving up his spot in the event to enable Morrison to compete, saying, "how Denny is skating now, I believe it's in the best interest of the team if he races."

Groothuis stopped the clock at 1:08.39. Michel Mulder of the Netherlands finished third, in 1:08.74, two days after winning the men's 500-metre gold medal.

"It's unbelievable," said Groothuis. "When I started, I didn't even know what the best time was and when I crossed the finish line, I was really surprised. It was the best time I've ever skated on a low-altitude track."

American Shani Davis hoped to win a third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the discipline, having won in Turin in 2006 and in Vancouver in 2010. But the defending Olympic champion dropped off in the second lap, finishing in eighth with a time of 1:09.12.

The first Canadian to race, Vincent De Haître, set a time of 1:10.04 in his first Olympic event, finishing 20th. William Dutton, a 1000m specialist skating for Canada, had a strong start but dropped back on the second lap to finish in 1:10.61, 26th. Canadian Muncef Ouardi set a time of 1:1107, good enough for 32nd.

Denny Morrison (Photo: JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)


(Photo: JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
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