Posted by Editoress on 03/14/04
Clara Hughes of Glen Sutton, Que., achieved her season-long goal on Sunday as she won the gold medal in the womenÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s 5,000-metres at the long track speed skating world single distance championships.
The victory at the season-ending meet capped another magnificent performance by the Canadian long track speed skaters. Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., added silver in the menÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s 1,000 and Cindy Klassen of Winnipeg took bronze in the womenÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s 1,000. Canada ended the competition with six medals, two of each colour.
In the womenÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s 5,000, Hughes clocked seven minutes and 10.66 seconds for her first world title. Gretha Smit of the Netherlands was second in 7:11.17 and Claudia Pechstein of Germany third in 7:13.42.
Kristina Groves of Ottawa was eighth.
The victory is another feather in Hughes sporting cap. The former national team cycling star is the only Canadian to win a medal at both a summer and winter Olympics. In cycling she never won a world title but did place second at the 1995 cycling worlds in the individual time trial.
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