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Groves and Rempel reach podium at long track speedskating World Cup

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CHANGCHUN, China - Kristina Groves of Ottawa finished second in the women's 1,000 race while Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg finished third Sunday at a long-track speedskating World Cup event in Changchun, China.

Groves, who won Saturday's race, clocked one minute 17.80 seconds to take the silver. Dutchwoman Laurine van Riessen grabbed the gold with a track-record time of 1:17.25, while Rempel finished third in 1:18.27.

"I'm happy with my overall results," said Groves, who picked up her sixth medal of the season. "My start was well executed. I'm not a pure sprinter, so my starts are not a natural thing for me. It was important for me to work on that aspect."

Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg was sixth while Tamara Oudenaarden of St. Albert, Alta., was 17th.

Rempel added a 15th-place finish in the women's 500.

In the men's 1000, Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., finished seventh while Francois-Olivier Roberge of St. Nicolas, Que., was eighth.

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