Speed Skating - Nesbitt finishes season in style

Christine Nesbitt added the ladies’ 1000m and team pursuit ISU Speed Skating World Cup titles to her 1500m one as the curtain came down on the season in Berlin.

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Canada's Christine Nesbitt celebrates as she holds her trophies as overall women's 1000m and 1500m ISU Speed Skating World Cup 2011/2012 winner in Berlin

Nesbitt started the final day in Germany where she left of the second winning the ladies’ 1000m, an event in which she is the Olympic champion, to earn the World Cup crown.

The 26-year-old clocked a winning time of 1:15.04minutes in Berlin – beating Heather Richardson of America by 0.73seconds and China’s Hong Zhang by a further 0.06.

And it wasn’t long before she was back on the ice and guiding Canada to team pursuit gold – Nesbitt, Cindy Klassen and Brittany Schussler clocking 3:01.03.

That time was well over two seconds better than that posted by Korea and saw the Canadian trio take the World Cup title ahead of Russia, who placed third in the final race.

In between those two events Claudia Pechstein won mass start gold however Mariska Huisman’s second-place finish was enough for her claim the World Cup title ahead of the German.

Pechstein posted a time of 8:52.06 and Huisman 8:52.32 to end on 320 points to the German’s 310 with Anna Rokita taking bronze 0.28 further behind and third overall.

Meanwhile Shani Davis pushed Kjeld Nuis and Tae-Bum Mo into silver and bronze respectively in the men’s 1000m with gold helping him to the World Cup title.

Jorrit Bergsma won the men’s mass start but with Alexis Contin of France securing second and silver the Dutch skater had to settle for the runners-up spot behind him.

He didn’t form part of the Dutch team pursuit trio but his compatriots did wrap up gold ahead of Korea and America to claim the World Cup crown ahead of the former.

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