Morrison wins 1000m World Cup gold, De Haître bronze

Morrison wins 1000m World Cup gold, De Haître bronze

Canadian speedskater Denny Morrison landed on top of the 1000-metre podium on Saturday, next to teammate Vincent De Haître, who took bronze in Erfurt, Germany.

Morrison completed the race in 1 min 09 s 07/100, edging Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands by .35 seconds for his first win of the season in the distance.

De Haître finished third, trailing Nuis by just .05 seconds in the long track World Cup season finale.

“I couldn’t be happier to stand on the podium with my teammate Vincent De Haître,” said Morrison according to a Speed Skating Canada release. “He’s the first teammate I’ve stood on a World Cup podium with since Jeremy Wotherspoon!”

Congrats/Félicitations @Denny_Morrison, gold/or, Vincent de Haître, bronze, in the 1000m @

— SSC/PVC (@SSC_PVC) March 21, 2015

The bronze for De Haître, 20, was his first World Cup medal of his young career.

“I was a little bit hesitant at the start, but I was able to concentrate after that and I simply tried to take my time and stay relaxed,” said the Calgary native. “I’m enormously happy with winning my first World Cup medal, especially after coming so close at my very first World Cup in Japan.”

With the win, Morrison now sits in fifth place in the overall standings of the 2014-2015 season which will come to an end on Sunday.

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