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Canadian Speed Skater Denny Morrison Wins Silver in Men’s 1000m Race

February 12th, 2014 at 8:16 AM
By Andrew McIntyre

Canada has another medal to add to its count as Canadian speed skater Denny Morrison has won silver in the men's 1000m race. Morrison, who is from Fort St. John, British Columbia, finished with a time of 1:08:39, with just 4/100ths of a second separating him from winning gold.

Originally it was supposed to be Canadian Gilmore Junio competing in the men's 1000m race, with Morrison not even being in the lineup for the race at all. Junio was the one who qualified, while Morrison fell during the Canadian Olympic trials. However, Junio generously gave up his spot on the team yesterday to Morrison, saying that it would be in the best interest of the team if he raced instead. What an unselfish decision by Junio and it sure paid off as Morrison seemed fired up to skate. 

Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands captured gold with a time of 1:08:39, while teammate Michel Mulder finished third with a time of 108:74. The Netherlands have now won 10 of the possible 15 medals for speed skating thus far.

American Shani Davis, who was the two-time defending gold medalist, finished eighth.

Canada now has 10 medals (four gold, four silver, two bronze) at this year's Olympics, which is tied for the second most. 

Congratulations Denny on your silver medal!

Tags: CANADA, DENNY MORRISON, GILMORE JUNIO, JUNIO, London, London 2012, MORRISON, NETHERLANDS, Olympics, Summer Olympics

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