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Canadian Klassen wins division B 5,000 metre World Cup race

The Canadian Press

3/1/2013 2:00:06 PM

ERFURT, Germany -- Winnipeg's Cindy Klassen won the division B 5,000-metre race Wednesday at a speedskating World Cup event.

Klassen's time of seven minutes 10.93 seconds moved her into 12th place in qualifying for the 5,000-metre event at the 2013 World Single Distances Championships. The skaters with the top 16 times on the World Cup circuit qualify for the event, which will be held March 21-24 in Sochi, Russia.

Ottawa's Ivanie Blondin finished ninth in 7:17.63.

In women's 500-metre action, Calgary's Anastasia Bucsis tied for 13th place in division A in a time of 38.977 seconds. In division B, Danielle Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., was fourth in 39.59 seconds, Kali Christ of Regina was sixth (39.80) and Kaylin Irvine of Calgary was ninth (40.03).

In the 10,000-metre division A race, Toronto's Jordan Belchos was 12th in a time of 13:18.41.