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Canada's Groves and Rempel top podium in long-track speedskating

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CHANGCHUN, China - Kristina Groves' torrid start continued Saturday.

The Ottawa native won the gold medal in the women's 1,000 at a long-track speedskating World Cup event Saturday.

That puts Groves in first place in the 1,000-metre overall rankings.

Winnipeg's Shannon Rempel added a silver medal, finishing 0.02 seconds behind.

"This was a great race," Groves said. "I was in good shape and ready to skate. I'm very satisfied with my performance."

Groves has won a medal in all four speedskating stops this season. She last won a bronze medal in the women's 1,500-metre event in Moscow.

Canadian women took three of the top four positions in the 1,000, with Winnipeg's Brittany Schussler finishing fourth with a time of 1:19.01, missing the podium by just nine-tenths of a second.

"While in Canada, I worked on the technical side of my performance," Rempel said. "I tried to focus on specific parts of my skating and improving my speed."

In the men's 1,000, Denny Morrison came in sixth, 1.04 seconds behind winner Lee Kyou-hyuk of South Korea. Francois-Olivier Roberge of St-Nicolas, Que., finished 9th - his first top-10 finish since the 2006-07 season.

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