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Canadians Morrison, Junio 5th in speedskating World Cup events

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

Calgary's Anastasia Bucsis 14th in the women's 1,000m

Denny Morrison during the men's 1000m race Harbin Ice Training Base on December 16, 2012 in Harbin, China. (Hong Wu/Getty Images)

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.

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