Bastille wins bronze in 1500m

Guillaume Bastille wins bronze in 1,500 metres at World Cup in China
The Saint John Amateur Speed Skating Club receives $1,000 from Intact Insurance World Cup Podium Tracker

SHANGHAI, China
– Canada’s Guillaume Bastille won his second medal of the season taking bronze in the 1,500 metres at the Samsung ISU World Cup #4 at the Shanghai Oriental Sport Mansion in Shanghai, China. The Canadian team also had three women place in the top 10 in the 1,000 metres and one in the 1,500 metres, as well as two men in the 1,000-metre distance and one other with Bastille in the 1,500 metres.

Skating in the seven-man 1,500-metre final with teammate Michael Gilday of Yellowknife, Bastille of Rivière-du-Loup, Que., was able to avoid a collision and to place third in a time of two minutes and 19.592 seconds. Gilday wasn’t as lucky and fell into fifth place in a time of 2:55.224. Two skaters were penalized. Bastille had to win two repechage races to reach the semifinals, where he was second behind Gilday. Victor An of Russia won the gold medal in 2:17.736 and Jinkyu Noh had the silver in 2:18.043.

“The final went well. I had a good start,” said Bastille. “I was well positioned and everything. But at the end there was a little contact and quite a few skaters fell. I was one of those to get up quickly. There were also disqualifications, so it was a somewhat amazing final. But I still managed to finish third with all that happened.”

Marie-Ève Drolet of Laterrière, Que., was the third Canadian skater to compete in an A final. Drolet took fifth place in the 1,500 metres in a time of 2:20.080. Korean Suk Hee Shim won the gold medal in 2:19.463, followed by Chinese skater Jianrou Li of China (2:19.465) with silver and Ha-Ri Cho of Korea (2:19.468) for bronze.

In the women’s 1,000-metre B final, Marianne St. Gelais of Saint-Félicien, Que., won in a time of 1:31.797 to take fifth place overall. She was followed by her teammates Caroline Truchon of Chicoutimi, Que., in second (1:32.525) for sixth overall and Edmonton’s Jessica Gregg in third place (1:32.406) for seventh overall.

In the men’s 1,000-metre B final, Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., took first place in a time of 1:26.762 for fifth place overall, and Liam McFarlane of Medicine Hat, Alta., was second (1:26.481) for sixth overall. Hamelin had previously won a medal in each of his six World Cup races this season.

The women’s relay team qualified for Sunday’s finals. Drolet, Maltais, St. Gelais and Truchon placed second in their semifinal in a time of 4:14.042. China won in 4:11.660, with Hungary taking third place and Russia in fourth. Canada, China, Japan and Italy will meet in the final.

Michael Gilday, Charles Hamelin, François Hamelin and Liam McFarlane took first place their relay semifinal in 6:48.509 to give Canada a spot in Sunday’s final. The Canadian squad will face Great Britain, Korea and the Netherlands for the gold medal.

Sunday’s races will feature the 500-metre and second 1,000-metre races, as well as the relay finals.

Here is how Canada’s skaters fared today in their individual races:

Marie-Ève Drolet of Laterrière, Que. (1500 m): She ranked fifth in the 1,500 metres. She was second in her semifinal to advance to the finals.
Jessica Gregg of Edmonton (1st 1000 m): She ranked seventh in the first 1,000 metres, after placing third in the B final. She reached the B final by winning her two repechage races, placing second in her quarterfinal heat, but finishing in fourth place in the semifinals.
Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C. (1500 m): She ranked 17th in the 1,500 metres. She was eliminated after a collision and fall in the semifinals, where she placed sixth and didn’t qualify for the finals.
Valérie Maltais of La Baie, Que. (1500 m): She ranked 19th in the 1,500 metres. She was eliminated after being penalized in the semifinals.
Marianne St. Gelais of Saint-Félicien, Que. (1st 1000 m): She ranked fifth in the first 1,000 metres, after winning the B final. She won her quarterfinal heat, but was third in the semifinals.
Caroline Truchon of Chicoutimi, Que. (1st 1000 m): She ranked sixth in the first 1,000 metres, with a second place finish in the B final. She won her quarterfinal heat, but was fourth in the semifinals.

Guillaume Bastille of Rivière-du-Loup, Que. (1500 m): He won the bronze medal in the 1,500 metres. He won his two repechage races to qualify for the semifinals. He took second place in the semifinals, behind Gilday, to advance to the final.
Charle Cournoyer of Boucherville, Que. (1500 m): He ranked 24th in the 1,500 metres. He won his first repechage race, but was third in the repechage semifinals and did not advance.
Michael Gilday of Yellowknife (1500 m): He ranked fifth in the 1,500-metre A final. He won his semifinal race to reach the finals.
Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que. (1st 1000 m): He ranked fifth in the first 1,000 metres, after winning the B final. He won his quarterfinal race, but fell to last and fourth place in the semifinals.
François Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que. (1st 1000 m): He ranked 14th in the first 1,000 metres. He was eliminated after receiving a penalty in his quarterfinal race.
Liam McFarlane of Medicine Hat, Alta. (1st 1000 m): He ranked sixth in the first 1,000 metres. He won his quarterfinal race, but was third in his semifinal and did not qualify.

The World Cup Podium Tracker by Intact Insurance stands at $25,000 (6 gold, 12 silver; 7 bronze). Intact Insurance will award $1,000 in cash and prizes to a local speed skating club with each individual medal win. This season’s 24th medal came from Guillaume Bastille, who took bronze in the 1,500-metre in China. Christine Nesbitt’s silver medal in the 1,000 metres in Japan was Canada’s 25th medal this season. The Saint John Amateur Speed Skating Club and Rocky Mountain House Speed Skating Club (Alberta) will each receive $1,000 from the program.