Annik Plamondon & Mathieu Giroux win overall titles at Canada Post Open Championships in short track speed skating

Annik Plamondon of Longueuil, Que., and Mathieu Giroux of Montreal were crowned the overall national champions in short track speed skating on Sunday at the Canada Post Open Championships.

Plamondon maintained her overall lead Sunday by placing second in the 1,000 and fifth in the 3,000. The competition also served as the second of two national team trials and Plamondon was also first in those standings to keep her spot on Canadian team for next season.

On Saturday, Plamondon injured her knee and fought through some pain to make sure she finished the competition

‘’I had a hard time walking and it was painful to skate,’’ said Plamondon, the 1,500 and 500 winner this weekend. ‘’I wasn’t sure what to expect today so I’m just glad to have raced. My tactics were good, I tried to make sure I stayed up front as much as possible in order to avoid making passing attempts.’’

Raphaele Lemieux of Riviere-du-Loup, Que., won both the 1,000 and 3,000 metre races on Sunday to finish second in the open standings and gain the second available national team spot. The other six spots are filled by the Olympic team.

In men’s competition, Giroux took the 1,000 metre and was third in the 3,000 to claim the Canadian overall crown ahead of Marc-André Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., the 3,000 winner.

Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que., took the trials title and gains his first career spot on the national team while Giroux gains the second available spot.

‘’I didn’t have a great weekend but it was enough to get the job done,’’ said Jean, 21, who won the four races at the first trials and the opening 1,500 here on Friday. ‘’But the season as a whole was a big success for me.’’

The trials also help determine the national development team.