Canada’s first day at the short track World Cup in Moscow

Canada’s first day at the short track World Cup in Moscow

MOSCOW – Speed Skating Canada’s short track team competed in the qualification rounds for all distances today at the Korean Air ISU World Cup in Moscow.

Saturday’s races will see the 1,000-metre distance, the first of two 1,500-metre competitions and the men and women’s relay semifinals. On Sunday, there will be the 500-metre and second 1,500-metre races, as well as the relay finals. The repechage rounds on Saturday and Sunday start at 9 a.m. (local time). Moscow is nine hours ahead of Eastern Time.

Canada’s skaters took part in the following races today:

Marie-Eve Drolet of Laterrière, Que., was second (2:23.808) in her heat to qualify for the first 1,500-metre semifinals on Saturday. She then won (2:27.283) her heat for the second 1,500-metre race to qualify for Sunday’s semifinals.

Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C., was second (1:33.286) in the 1,000-metre preliminary race and then was third (1:32.192) in her heat. She qualified for the quarter-finals with one of the fastest times. In her heat for the second 1,500 metres, Hewitt was third (2:37.690) and will have to skate through the repechage semifinals on Sunday to reach the main semifinals.

Valérie Maltais of La Baie, Que., was first (2:22.223) in her heat to qualify for the first 1,500-metre semifinals. She was also second (2:27.829) in her heat to qualify for the second 1,500-metre semifinals.

Marianne St. Gelais of St. Félicien, Que., won (44.684 seconds) her 500-metre heat to move onto the quarter-finals. She also won (1:34.985) her preliminary 1,000-metre race and then won (1:32.064) her heat to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Caroline Truchon of Chicoutimi, Que., won (45.136) her 500-metre heat to qualify for the quarter-finals. She was second (1:32.937) in preliminary 1,000-metre race and again second (1:33.894) in her heat to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Gabrielle Waddell of Red Deer, Alta., was second (44.622) in her 500-metre heat to qualify for the quarter-finals. She placed third (2:28.090) in her 1,500-metre heat, but qualified for semifinals with one of the faster times.

Guillaume Bastille of Rivière-du-Loup, Que., was second (1:30.273) in his preliminary 1,000-metre race and then won (1:28.687) his heat to qualify for the quarter-finals. He was fifth (2:46.363) in his heat for the second 1,500-metre race, but was advanced to the semifinals after being interfered with by German skater Paul Herrmann.

Rémi Beaulieu of Alma, Que., won (2:18.960) his heat for the first 1,500-metre race to qualify for the semifinals, He was fourth (2:20.750) in his heat for the second 1,500-metre race. Beaulieu will have to skate through the repechage semifinals on Sunday to reach the main semifinals.

Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., won (41.690) his preliminary 500-metre race and then won (41.895) his heat to qualify for the quarter-finals. In his heat for the first 1,500-metre race, Hamelin won (2:27.836) to move onto the semifinals.

Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que., was first (41.738) in his preliminary 500-metre race and then won (41.918) his heat to qualify for the quarter-finals. He won (1:29.332) his preliminary 1,000-metre race and was first (1:30.328) in his heat to move onto the quarter-finals.

Liam McFarlane of Medicine Hat, Alta., was second (42.317) in his preliminary 500-metre race and then won (42.183) his heat to qualify for the quarter-finals. He was second (1:29.332) in his preliminary 1,000-metre race and then third (1:30.314) in his heat. McFarlane qualified for the quarter-finals with one of the fastest times.

François-Louis Tremblay of Alma, Que., was second (2:23.975) in his heat for the first 1,500-metre race to qualify for the semifinals, and again second (2:20.521) in his heat to move onto the second 1,500-metre semifinals.

In the women’s relay, Drolet, Maltais St. Gelais and Waddell skated to third place (4:16.717), behind the United States and the Netherlands, but qualified for Saturday’s semifinals with one of the two fastest third place times. Bastille, Hamelin, Jean and McFarlane represented Canada in the men’s relay. In their heat, the Canadians finished first (6:57.339) ahead of the Japanese and Americans to move onto Saturday’s semifinals.