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Morrison, Junio fifth in World Cup speedskating events

The Canadian Press

12/16/2012 12:56:59 PM

HARBIN, China -- Canada's Denny Morrison and Gilmore Junio each finished fifth in their World Cup speedskating races on Sunday.

Morrison, of Fort St. John, B.C., took fifth place in men's 1,000 metres with a time of one minute 10.17 seconds.

Germany's Samuel Schwarz took gold with a time 1:09.69, while Shani Davis of the U.S. was second in 1:09.87. Hein Otterspeer of the Netherlands took the bronze medal in 1:09.92.

Edmonton's Jamie Gregg was 14th in 1:11.41, and Philippe Riopel of Lachenaie, Que., took 19th place in 1:12.37.

In the men's 500-metre race, Junio was 12 one hundredths of a second away from the bronze medal after finisihing in 35.39 seconds.

Japan's Joji Kato won with a time of 34.94 seconds, followed by Dutch skaters Ronald Mulder (35.21) and Jan Smeekens (35.27) for silver and bronze.

Gregg was 14th in a time of 35.72 seconds, and Alex Boisvert-Lacroix of Sherbrooke, Que., was 19th (35.90).

In the women's 1,000 metres, Calgary's Anastasia Bucsis took 14th place in 1:19.37 and Danielle Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., was 24th in 1:21.72.

Hong Zhang of China was first in a photo-finish time of 1:16.717 seconds, just ahead of the Czech Republic's Karolina Erbanova (1:16.718). Russia's Olga Fatkulina was third in 1:17.12.