Calgary’s Arne Dankers posts convincing victory at 2004 Canada Post All Round Canadian Championships

Arne Dankers of Calgary showed he’s fully recovered from an early season knee injury as he set a personal best and won the gold medal in the men’s 5,000 metres Sunday at the 2004 Canada Post All Round Canadian Championships long track speed skating competition.

The 23-year-old clocked six minutes and 28.70 seconds beating his pervious personal best by almost three full seconds. Justin Warsylewicz of Regina was second in 6:34.08 and Dustin Molicki of Calgary third in 6:39.20.

Dankers, missed the first two World Cup events due to an injured left knee but returned for the third stop and posted the 10th best time of the day in the 5,000. He showed more progress on Sunday.

“I’ve been waiting the whole season to put together a race like this,” said Dankers, who competed at the 2002 Olympics and 2003 world championships. “I knew I had it in me today and right from the start I was skating very well. Technically, I stayed very relaxed and I was most happy about that.”

In the men’s 1,000, James Monson of Winnipeg was the winner with Sterling Sobczak of Winnipeg second and Brock Miron of Cornwall, Ont.

In women’s competition, Kristina Groves of Ottawa earned her second victory in two days clocking 4:07.06 in the 3,000 metres, her second fastest time ever in the event. Clara Hughes of Glen Sutton, Que., was second in 4:07.65 and Cindy Overland of Kitchener, Ont., third in 4:16.30.

“I hadn’t done a 3,000 in quite some time and I was a bit concerned,” said Groves, fourth overall at the world all round championships last season. “But the first four laps were bang on. I felt very good. It’s good to be skating fast right now when we’re not really peaking yet.”

Marilou Asselin of Quebec City took the women’s 1,000 with Sarah Smith of Medicine Hat, Alta., second and Mireille Savard of Ste-Foy, Que., third.

Competition ends Monday.

Sunday’s leading results at the 2004 Canada Post All Round Canadian Championships long track speed skating competition:


MEN


1,000

1. James Monson, Winnipeg, 1:11.00

2. Sterling Sobczak, Winnipeg, 1:11.62

3. Brock Miron, Cornwall, Ont., 1:12.09

4. Mark Wild, Cambridge, Ont., 1:12.47

5. Ian Houghton, Abbotsford, B.C., 1:12.48

6. Jean-François Tessier, Quebec, 1:13.00

7. Cailean Duggan, Ottawa, 1:13.19

8. Jeff Moir, Oakville, Ont., 1 :13.51

9. Vincent Labrie, Ste-Foy, Que., 1 :13.69

10. Kent Toth, Calgary, 1 :14.42.



5,000


1. Arne Dankers, Calgary, 6:28.70

2. Justin Warsylewicz, Regina, 6:34.08

3. Dustin Molicki, Calgary, 6:39.20

4. Steven Elm, Red Deer, Alta., 6:45.20

5. Mark Jesney, Saskatoon, 6:45.70

6. Jamie Ivey, Ottawa, 6:46.57

7. Dustin Johnston, Moose Jaw, Sask., 6:46.99

8. Peter Volcic, Kitchener, Ont., 6:50.23

9. Tyler Johnston, Moose Jaw, 6:50.27

10. Jay Morrison, Fort St. John, B.C., 6:50.73.



WOMEN



1,000


1. Marilou Asselin, Quebec City, 1:20.35

2. Sarah Smith, Medicine Hat, Alta., 1:21.96

3. Mireille Savard, Ste-Foy, Que., 1:24.04

4. Lauren Wetzel, Ottawa, 1:24.30

5. Justine L’Heureux, Normandie, Que., 1:24.35

6. Pascale Lemieux, Quebec, 1 :25.23

7. Lucie Côté. Matane, Que., 1 :25.61

8. Emily Smith, Medicine Hat, 1 :25.71

9. Marie-Pier Gervais-Moreau, Quebec, 1:26.36

10. Kendra Greenslade, Burnaby, B.C., 1 :26.62.



3,000


1. Kristina Groves, Ottawa, 4 :07.06

2. Clara Hughes, Winnipeg, 4 :07.65

3. Cindy Overland, Kitchener, Ont., 4:16.30

4. Tara Risling, Medicine Hat, 4:16.86

5. Kerry Simpson, Melville, Sask., 4:20.55

6. Tiffany Hughes, Kingston, Ont., 4:21.26

7. Shannon Sibold, Calgary, 4:21.77

8. Shannon Rempel, Winnipeg, 4:21.82

9. Michelle D’Amours, Ste-Foy, 4:22.12

10. Alexandra Wrubleski, Regina, 4:23.08.