Canadian Morrison claims speedskating world title
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.