Skater Denny Morrison wins again for Canada
Canadian speedskater Denny Morrison continued his impressive season Saturday, winning a 1,500-metre World Cup race in Erfurt, Germany.
Morrison, from Fort St. John, B.C., crossed the line in one minute and 45.32 seconds, putting him ahead of Americans Trevor Marsicano and Shani Davis.
Regina's Lukas Makowsky was eighth in the race, clocking in at 1:47.75.
Morrison won consecutive races last week in Russia at 1,000 metres. He is second in the World Cup standings at that distance, behind Davis.
The 23-year-old was humble after those victories, pointing out that Davis had suffered a cut to the leg that left him less than 100 per cent.
Morrison holds the world record in the 1,500, skating a 1:42.01 last year in Calgary.
Bokko leads standings
Norway's Havard Bokko, fifth in Saturday's race, leads the World Cup standings at the 1,500, ahead of Davis and Mark Tuitert of the Netherlands.
Tuitert finished a disappointing 19th on Saturday.
Kristina Groves of Ottawa was seventh in the women's 3,000, won by Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic. Daniela Anschutz Thoms of Germany was second, followed by Renate Groenewold of the Netherlands.
Sablikova holds the World Cup lead at the distance over Germans Claudia Pechstein — sixth in Saturday's race — and Anschutz Thoms. Groves is fifth in the standings.
Winnipeg's Brittany Schussler was 10th in the race.
Tucker Fredricks of the U.S. won the men's 50 metres in 34.91 seconds, with Edmonton's Jamie Gregg eighth.
Germany's Jenny Wolf continued her dominance in the sprint with another win on Saturday. Wolf leads the 50-metre World Cup standings by more than 450 points over the nearest competitor.