Chinese speed skater Zhang Hong won the women's 1,000 metre event at the Adler Arena in Sochi on Thursday, with a blistering time of one minute, 14.02 seconds.
The Netherlands continued to bolster their medal haul in long track speed skating when Ireen Wust won silver with a time of 1:14.69. Wust's teammate Margot Boer earned the bronze in 1:14.90.
Christine Nesbitt skated against Zhang, and the Canadian finished the event in ninth position with a time of 1:15.62. The London, Ont native won the distance at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and dominated the event on the World Cup circuit up until last year.
Calgary's Kaylin Irvine had to dodge Monique Angermueller when the German fell and slid across the Canadian's path. Irvine finished in 1:17.24, sitting in 18th. Kali Christ of Regina was the first Canadian to skate, finishing in 1:17.41, ranked 21st.
Winnipeg's Brittany Schussler was 30th overall, posting a time of 1:18.53.