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Denny Morrison 4th at speed skating worlds after double-medal Friday

02/14/2015 12:26 EST | Updated 04/16/2015 05:59 EDT
Denny Morrison narrowly missed reaching the podium for a third time in two days at the world single distance speed skating championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

The native of Fort St. John, B.C., finished fourth in Saturday’s 1,000-metre race in one minute 8.72 seconds. Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands was third in 1:08.71. Shani Davis of the United States won his first major title in four years, edging Russia’s Pavel Kulizhnikov by 0.04 seconds.

On Friday, Morrison won a silver medal in the 1,500, his ninth individual medal at the event.

Later, the 29-year-old finished second in the team pursuit event with Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary, and Jordan Belchos of Markham, Ont., stopping the clock in 3:44.09.

Morrison had a successful 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, winning silver and bronze in the 1,500 and 1,000, respectively.

In the men’s 5,000 on Saturday, Sven Kramer of the Netherlands continued his overwhelming domination in the event, winning his sixth world speed skating title by beating Dutch archrival Jorrit Bergsma.

It was the second gold medal for Kramer in as many days after he anchored the Netherlands to team gold late Friday.

Bloemen was the top Canadian, finishing sixth in six minutes 21.16 seconds.

In the women’s 500, Heather Richardson made it an even better day for the Americans, leading a U.S. one-two when she beat Brittany Bowe.

Richardson and Bowe continued their duel for gold on the ice of the Thialf oval. On Friday, Bowe had beaten her compatriot over

1,000 but this time there was no stopping Richardson. The sprint specialist won both series of the 500, with Bowe taking second in each race. Overall, NaoKodaira of Japan took bronze.

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