Double silver day for Canadian speed skaters at world championships

One year and one day after he captured Olympic silver in Sochi, Denny Morrison has added a pair of world championship silver medals to his ever expanding trophy case.

First up for Morrison at the ISU World Single Distances Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands was the 1500m, in which he is the reigning Olympic bronze medallist and a two-time world champion.

Morrison’s time of 1:45.08 gave him the silver by just 0.07 of a second over host country boy Koen Verweij. The gold medal went to Russian Denis Yuskov who was more than a second and a half faster than Morrison.

About two hours later, Morrison was back on the ice for the team pursuit along with Ted-Jan Bloemen and Jordan Belchos. The Canadian trio’s time of 3:44.09 was second-best to the powerhouse Dutch, who were racing in front of exuberant fans at the famed Thialf arena. This is the first medal that Bloemen has won for Canada since switching allegiances from his native Netherlands this season. Bloemen is a dual citizen thanks to his New Brunswick-born father.

Morrison will go for the podium again on Saturday in the 1000m. The competition concludes on Sunday with the ladies’ mass start, an event in which Ivanie Blondin has won five World Cup medals this season including two gold. CBC will be airing highlights from the world championships on Sunday afternoon.