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Christine Nesbitt posted her best 500-metre time of the season Sunday to win a fourth gold medal at the Canadian sprint speedskating championships.

The London, Ont., native skated under 38 seconds in both runs. Her times of 37.997 and 37.884 brought her in at 75.88. Calgary's Anastasia Bucsis took the silver in 76.70 and Danielle Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., captured the bronze in 77.57.

The men's 500-metre race was won by Edmonton's Jamie Gregg with a combined time of 69.50 seconds (34.69, 34.81). Montreal's Muncef Ouardi was second in 69.82 and Lacroix-Boisvert of Sherbrooke, Que., third in 70.09.

Nesbitt also won the women's 1,000, 1,500 and 3,000-metre races in Calgary this week.

She will go for her fourth straight 1,000 victory this season on the World Cup circuit Jan. 21-22 in Salt Lake City. Following that comes the world sprint championships, back in Calgary the following weekend.

Gregg secured his spot at the worlds by winning both the men's 500- and 1,000-metre Canadian titles this week.

Speedskating Canada will announce who will join Nesbitt and Gregg on the host's team for the world sprint championships later this week.

Winnipeg's Tyler Derraugh won Sunday's 20-lap mass start men's race in 10 minutes 32.33 seconds. Philippe Riopel of Repentigny, Que., won the silver (10:33.15), while Leo Landry of Chelsea, Que., took the bronze (10:33.45). The women's 15-lap mass start gold went to Tori Spence of Kamloops, B.C., in 8:57.07. Lauren McGuire of Ottawa took second (8:57.51) and Ashley Nelson of Nelson B.C., third (8:57.07).

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