Canada earns a total of 17 qualification spots for the final rounds of the ISU World Cup Short Track in Hungary

Budapest, Hungary, September 29, 2017 – Canada's short track speed skating team earned seven spots in the final rounds of the 1000m and relay events, Friday, on the second day of qualifying at the ISU World Cup, for a grand total of 17 spots in the final rounds of the four events scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday at the stage held in Budapest, Hungary.
 
On Friday, Kim Boutin, Charle Cournoyer, Samuel Girard, Charles Hamelin and Valérie Maltais all qualified for the 1000m quarterfinals, slated for Sunday, while both the men's and women's relay teams put Canada into the semifinals.
 
In the individual events slated for Saturday, Samuel Girard from Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC, Charles Hamelin from Sainte-Julie, QC, Jamie Macdonald from Fort St. James, B.C., and Marianne St-Gelais from Saint-Félicien, QC, will all skate in the 500m quarterfinals. Girard, Charles Hamelin, Macdonald, Maltais, Charle Cournoyer from Boucherville, QC, and Kim Boutin from Sherbrooke, QC, will compete in the 1500m semifinals.
 
In the women's relay races held Friday, Bradette, Macdonald, Maltais and St-Gelais won their heat in the quarterfinal round ahead of Hungary. In the heats, Boutin had taken Bradette's spot to help Canada finish ahead of Japan.
 
“We did a lot of relays in training this summer compared to years past, so we came here ready to go,” said Bradette who, in her individual race on Friday, was unable to qualify for the 1000m finals rounds. “Unlike in past years, our exchanges went smoothly in 95 percent of cases, I would say. All the teams are strong here and are looking to compete at the highest level. It will be interesting to see how things will play out in Saturday's semifinals.”
 
On the men's side, Charles Hamelin, Cournoyer, Girard et Pascal Dion from Montreal, QC, finished second in their quarterfinal heat, behind the Netherlands and just ahead of Japan, to qualify for the semifinals. In the heats, Canada also finished second, this time behind South Korea. François Hamelin from Sainte-Julie, QC, skated in Dion's place.
 
“We were a little bit overexcited today,” pointed out veteran skater Charles Hamelin. “In the quarterfinals, we knew the level of racing would be high and that things would go fast because of the times to beat. We tried to be more aggressive and we managed to hold on until the end, in spite of the fact that a block chaser found himself in our way with three laps to go. Still, it was a satisfying performance for us.”

More details are available on Speed Skating Canada's website at www.speedskating.ca.

TODAY’S CANADIAN RESULTS

1000m W
Kim Boutin: 1st in the heats and will take part in the quarterfinals Sunday
Valérie Maltais: 2nd in the heats and will take part in the quarterfinals Sunday
Kasandra Bradette: 3rd in the heats and eliminated

1000m M
Charles Hamelin: 1st in the heats and will take part in the quarterfinals Sunday
Charle Cournoyer: 2nd in the heats and will take part in the quarterfinals Sunday
Samuel Girard: 2nd in the heats and will take part in the quarterfinals Sunday

Relay W
Canada: 1st in the quarterfinals and will take part in the semifinals Saturday
(Kim Boutin, Kasandra Bradette, Jamie Macdonald, Valérie Maltais, Marianne St-Gelais)

Relay M
Canada: 2nd in the quarterfinals and will take part in the semifinals Saturday
(Charle Cournoyer, Pascal Dion, Samuel Girard, Charles Hamelin, François Hamelin)

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Speed Skating Canada would like to thank its sponsors:

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