McLean turns on the jets in 500
SEOUL — Heather McLean of Winnipeg finished second in the 500-metre race at the ISU World Sprint Championships Sunday in Seoul to move up two spots to 12th in the overall standings — the top Canadian performance.
McLean finished 14th in Sunday’s 1,000m.
“I am extremely happy with 12th overall,” Mclean said. “That was my goal coming into this competition and after being 14th on Day 1, I knew I had some work to do to achieve that.”
It was the best Canadian performance in the women’s side at this competition since Calgary’s Christine Nesbitt in 2014.
McLean clocked a time of 38.15 seconds in the 500 Sunday, compared to 38.79 Saturday. Britanny Bowe of the United States won Sunday’s race with a time 37.86.
Bowe was the overall winner of the 2016 ISU World Sprint Championships.
“Before my 500m I talked to Kevin (Crockett, her coach) and told him that I didn’t care what I place I would finish, that I just wanted to be able to race like I have in practice,” said McLean. “What I am most happy about is that I was able to fix the mistakes I made on Day 1. Finishing second was just icing on the cake.”
Heather McLean zooms to a second-place finish in the 500 metres Sunday in Seoul.