INZELL, Germany — Gilmore Junio edged Alexandre St-Jean to give Canada a 1-2 finish in the men's 500-meter sprint at a speedskating World Cup event on Friday.
The victory was overshadowed later by the crash of two Canadians before the men's pursuit. Stafan Waples crashed in the curve during the warm-up and took down teammate Ted-Jan Bloemen, cutting him deeply in the left calf. Bloemen was treated in a local hospital.
Netherlands won the pursuit ahead of Norway and Poland.
Junio clocked 34.86 seconds to nip his Canadian teammate by 0.04 seconds. Artus Was of Poland was third, 0.11 seconds behind.
Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea won the women's sprint in 37.33 seconds, a course record. She was 0.37 seconds ahead of Brittany Bowe of the United States. Another American, Heather Richardson-Bergsma, was 0.66 behind in third.
Olympic champion Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic won the 3,000 metres in 4:03.18 for her third win in as many races. Marije Joling of the Netherlands was 0.90 back in second and Olga Graf of Russia was 2.69 seconds back in third.
The Associated Press