Alexandre St-Jean & Jordan Belchos earn best career results in 1000m & 5000m races at World Cup Long Track in Inzell

Inzell, Germany, December 5, 2015 – Alexandre St-Jean, with a ninth-place finish in the 1000m, and Jordan Belchos, who was 11th in the 5000m, were the top Canadians of the day and also earned their best-ever results in these distances, Saturday, on the second day of the ISU World Cup Long Track Speed Skating held in Inzell, Germany.

Alexandre St-Jean therefore continued to build on a strong weekend after winning his first career individual medal at a Long Track World Cup when he came up with silver in Friday's 500m.

Saturday, St-Jean collected his best-ever ranking in a 1000m event by finishing ninth with a time of 1:09.19. Two weeks ago, he was 12th at the Salt Lake City stage.

"Overall, my race went well and it resulted in my best career rank at a 1000m race. I was a little slow off the start, I could have opened it up a little bit quicker and my first lap wasn't quick enough either. However, my second lap went well," noted the 22-year-old athlete who was previously a member of the Canadian short track national team. "I felt good and ready to go before the race. I think I'll be able to do even better next week in Heerenveen for the next 1000m. I'm also looking forward to Sunday and the second 500m."

The other Canadian who was taking part in the 1000m, Vincent De Haître of Cumberland, ON, was 12th in 1:09.50.

"I've been working on technical execution in training and it seemed to be going well. But today, it just didn't come together like I planned and I am quite disappointed with the end result. Now it's time to refocus and prepare for Sunday's 1500m," said De Haître.

In the men's 1000m B group, Gilmore Junio of Calgary, AB, also had another good day. After winning Friday's 500m race and the gold medal, Junio was first in Saturday's B 1000m with a time of 1:09.95.

"It was nice to take some of the momentum from yesterday's win into today," said Junio. "That being said, it was a bit of a surprise to have won the B division against some pretty good skaters, but I'll take it. Today's focus was much like yesterday's - we try and practice and train at such a high level so when we race, we don't have to do anything more or anything better."

Top career performance in 5000m by Jordan Belchos
In the men's 5000m, Jordan Belchos of Toronto also came up with his best-ever performance, as he finished in 11th place with a time of 6:26.41. His best ranking in a race so far had been 14th place in February of 2013, also in Inzell.

"My race today was good with an 11th-place finish that was only five seconds away from a podium," pointed out Belchos. "I want to look at these next few World Cups as a buildup to the World Single Distance Championships and to be in the mix with a lot of good skaters is really promising for me. I want to keep building for the next few months and I hope the results will show at the next World Championships."

In the women's team pursuit, Canada, which was comprised of Ottawa athletes Ivanie Blondin and Isabelle Weidemann as well as Josie Spence of Kamloops, BC, finshed sixth in 3:02.70.

TODAY’S CANADIAN RESULTS

1000m M - A
9: Alexandre St-Jean: 1:09.19
12: Vincent De Haître: 1:09.50

5000m M - A
11: Jordan Belchos: 6:26.41

Team Pursuit W - A
6: Canada: 3:02.70
(Ivanie Blondin, Josie Spence, Isabelle Weidemann)

1000m M - B
1: Gilmore Junio: 1:09.95
16: William Dutton: 1:11.51

1000m W - B
5: Kaylin Irvine: 1:17.21
9: Heather McLean: 1:17.609
21: Marsha Hudey: DQ

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