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Denny Morrison 2nd overall in World Cup speed skating

Canada's Denny Morrison won a men's World Cup 1,000-metre speedskating race Friday. The native of Fort St. John, B.C., finished with a time of one minute 8.91 seconds.

Ottawa's Ivanie Blondin wins bronze in women's mass start

Shani Davis of the U.S. holds the trophy after winning the men's 1000-metre speedskating event of the World Cup final along with Canadian Denny Morrison, left, and third-place Kjeld Nuis, right, of the Netherlands, at Thialf skating arena in Heerenveen, northern Netherlands on Friday. (Peter Dejong/Associated Press)

Canada's Denny Morrison won a men's World Cup 1,000-metre speedskating race Friday in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

The native of Fort St. John, B.C., finished with a time of one minute 8.91 seconds. American Shani Davis was second in 1:09.13 while Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands took third in 109:25.

Morrison captured a silver medal in the Sochi men's 1,000-metre race — thanks to teammate Gilmore Junio giving him his spot in the event — but said the World Cup victory means a lot.

"Feels good to finally win," he said. "While World Cup medals may be less important than Olympic medals, there is a special feeling you get when you finally win and can declare that you were the best in the competition on that specific day.

"It's the struggles which make finally winning so fulfilling and make me so grateful for the people I have around me who are continually picking me back up and putting me back together. It's the finally winning which solidifies my belief in my team as much as in myself. This one goes out to all of them. They know who they are. They are like family to me."

Edmonton's Jamie Gregg finished 14th in 1:11.31.

Also, Ottawa's Ivanie Blondin won a bronze medal in the women's mass start, her third in a World Cup mass start event.

Italy's Francesa Lollobrigida won the race in 8:36.52 while Irene Scouten of the Netherlands was second in 8:37.45. Blondin finished in 8:37.97.

Ireen Wust of the Netherlands won the World Cup 1,500-metre title Friday, making up in some small way for having to settle for silver in the same event at the Winter Olympics.

Wust finished in 1 minute, 53.68 seconds to beat countrywoman Lotte van Beek into second place at the Thialf oval in the final race of the season. Yuliya Skokova of Russia was third.

Wust, who won two gold medals and three silvers in Sochi, is not skating all the distances in Thialf this weekend as she eyes next week's world allround championships at the same venue.

"I'm certainly happy with this with an eye on next week," she told Dutch national broadcaster NOS.

With files from & The Associated Press

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