Day 3 at the Canada Cup #1

Day 3 at the Canada Cup #1 at Quebec City’s Gaétan-Boucher Oval
Blais-Dufour, Janssens, Parrott, Ouardi, Hanly, Oudenaarden and Spence win today

QUEBEC CITY
– Braving the changing elements of rain and snow, skaters competed on the last day of the Canada Cup #1 long track competition at the Gaétan-Boucher Oval in Quebec City. The three-day event wrapped-up with the second 500- and 1,000-metre races for both men and women, the women's 5,000 metres and the men's 10,000 metres.

In the men's second 500-metre race of the weekend, Kyle Parrott of Minnedosa, Man., and Muncef Ouardi, of Quebec City, shared the gold medal with identical times 37.24 seconds. Guillaume Blais-Dufour of Sherbrooke, Que., and Richard MacLennan, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., also shared the bronze medal with times of 37.25 seconds - only one hundredths of a second from the top spot.

Blais-Dufour took to the podium for a second time today, this time moving to the top spot for the gold medal in the second 1,000 metres. He won the race in a time of 1:14.70. Dustin Miller of Kitchener, Ont., took the silver medal in 1:15.75, while Martin Corbett of Scarborough, Ont., won his second bronze medal in the distance this weekend in 1:57.85.

The same threesome to win yesterday's 5,000 metres returned to the podium in the same order for today's 10,000-metre race. Alec Janssens of Chilliwack, B.C., took the top step winning in 14 minutes and 22.57 seconds, breaking a two-year old track record. Gabriel Chiasson-Poirier of Laval, Que., was second in a time of 14:23.97, and François Déry of Saint-Jean Chrysostome, Que., took third spot in 14:41.00.

In the second women's 500 metres, Tamara Oudenaarden of St. Albert, Alta., won the gold medal in 40.78 seconds. Calgary's Kate Hanly won silver with a time of 41.26 seconds and Marsha Hudey of White City, Sask., earned bronze in 41.70.

Hanly won her second medal of the day, taking first place in the 1,000 metres in a time of one minute and 24.76 seconds. Josie Spence of Kamloops, B.C., was in second place in 1:25.24, and Oudenaarden also returned to the podium for the bronze medal with a time of 1:25.83.

In the women's 5,000 metres, Tori Spence of Kamloops, B.C., won in a time of eight minutes and 9.92 seconds. A pair of skaters from Ottawa took the next two spots. Isabelle Weidermann won her third medal of the Canada Cup, taking second place in a time of 8:16.02, and Lauren McGuire was third in 8:19.16.

The top three finishers from today’s races are as follows:

Men's 500 metres: 1st – Kyle Parrott (Minnedosa, Man.), 37.24; 1st – Muncef Ouardi (Quebec City), 37.24; 3rd – Guillaume Blais-Dufour (Sherbrooke, Que.), 37.25; 3rd – Richard MacLennan (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.), 37.25.
Men's 1,000 metres: 1st – Guillaume Blais-Dufour (Sherbrooke, Que.), 1:14.70; Dustin Miller (Kitchener, Ont.), 1:15.75; 3rd – Martin Corbett (Scarborough, Ont.), 1:57.85.
Men's 10,000 metres: 1st – Alec Janssens (Chilliwack, B.C.), 14:22.57; 2nd – Gabriel Chiasson-Poirier (Laval, Que.), 14:23.97; 3rd – François Déry (Saint-Jean Chrysostome, Que.), 14:41.00.
Women's 500 metres: 1st - Tamara Oudenaarden (St. Albert, Alta.), 40.78; 2nd – Kate Hanly (Calgary), 41.26; Marsha Hudey (White City, Sask.), 41.70.
Women's 1,000 metres: 1st – Kate Hanly (Calgary), 1:24.76; 2nd – Josie Spence (Kamloops, B.C.), 1:25.24; 3rd – Tamara Oudenaarden (St. Albert, Alta.), 1:25.83.
Women's 5,000 metres: 1st – Tori Spence (Kamloops, B.C.), 8:09.92; 2nd – Isabelle Weidermann (Ottawa), 8:16.02; 3rd – Lauren McGuire (Ottawa), 8:19.16.

The Canada Cups are key events throughout the season as they are used to determine national rankings for positions on the national junior and development teams. The competitions are open to junior and senior skaters who meet specific distance time standards.

The Canada Cup circuit resumes in Calgary from Jan. 3 to 6. The Canada Cup returns to Quebec City from Feb. 1 to 3, and then Calgary for the last one from March 7 to 11.