Another Junior World Record at the 2004 ING Olympic Oval Finale

The ice was fast today at the 2004 ING Olympic Oval Finale long track speed skating competition as Sayuri Yoshii of Japan skated a Junior World Record in the 500m event. Her time of 38.09 eclipsed Canadian Shannon Rempel’s time set at the Olympic Oval in 2003. This marks the fifth Junior World Record set so far at this year’s Finale.

In the 500m men’s Sprint competition, Beorn Nijenhuis (NED) was first with a time of 35.36, and Dutch teammate Jacques Dekoning was second with a 35.43. National Team member Brock Miron was third with a personal best time of 35.45. In the 1000m distance, Stefan Goorhuis (NED) was first with a time of 1:08.51, teammate Nijenhuis was second (1:08.75) and China’s Yu Li who trains at the Oval was third (1:09.73).

In the women’s 500m Sprint event, Yoshii was first with a new Junior World Record, and Xin Zhao (CHN) was second with a 38.74. China’s Beixing Wang who trains in the Oval Program was third with a personal best time of 38.93. In the 1000m races, Yoshii was first with a time of 1:16.68, Annette Gerritsen (NED) was second (1:18.28) followed by Wang in third (1:18.38).

In the men’s 1000m Open competition, National Development Team member Denny Morrison was first with a personal best time of 1:10.39. Dutch skaters Rhian Ket (1:12.00) and Sicco Janmaat (1:12.01) were second and third, respectively. On the women’s side, it was a Dutch sweep with Ireen Wuust finishing first with a time of 1:17.76, Jorien Voorhuis (1:19.48) second and Tessa vanDyk (1:20.41) third.

‘Team Canada’ dominated ‘Team Patriots’ in an exciting men’s team pursuit, while ‘Team Vopicka’ conquered ‘Team Monson’ on the women’s side.

The Sprint Competition continues Sunday starting at 9:00am. Catch the 100m dash finals followed the IMV Projects SkateBot 2004 Robotics Competition, which will begin at 3:00pm. The 2004 ING Olympic Oval Finale finishes up with the Ceili’s 70 and 100 lap marathon events. Admission is FREE.

Racing times for particular athletes will also be available each day by calling Sharon at 403-220-5190 or Anne at 403-220-8158. For complete results, please visit www.oval.ucalgary.ca


For further information, please contact:

Anne Judin

403-220-8158 or akreeves@ucalgary.ca