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Canadian Morrison claims speedskating world title

Denny Morrison of Canada won the 1,500-meter speedskating world title despite appearing to be hampered by Shani Davis on the first crossing of their head-to-head race.
New world champion Denny Morrison of Canada competes to win the men's 1500 meters race at the World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships at Thialf stadium in Heerenveen, northern Netherlands Thursday. (Peter Dejong/Associated Press)

Canadian Denny Morrison won the 1,500-metre speedskating world title Thursday despite appearing to be hampered by American Shani Davis.   

The 26-year-old from Fort St. John, B.C., had to hold himself back to prevent crashing into Davis as the skaters came out of the second bend but managed to retain enough speed to finish first in one minute 46.44 seconds.   

"I surprised even myself today and it feels awesome," said Morrison, the 2008 world 1,500 champion. "It's the first time for me winning a 1,500 in a couple of years."   

Russian van Skobrev was second in 1:46.49, just edging defending champion Havard Bokko of Norway who finished third in 1:46.50.   

Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic won the women's 3,000 in 4:1.88 to complete an unbeaten season over the distance.   

Stephanie Beckert of Germany was second in 4:04.09, putting in a powerful final lap to push defending champion Ireen Wust of the Netherlands into third.

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