McLean turns on the jets in 500

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - SPORTS -

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.”

LEE JIN-MAN / THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Heather McLean zooms to a se­cond-place fin­ish in the 500 me­tres Sun­day in Seoul.

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