First day at the short track World Cup in the Netherlands

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

DORDRECHT, the Netherlands – Speed Skating Canada’s short track team is in Dordrecht, in the Netherlands, for the sixth and final Korean Air ISU World Cup of the season.

The qualification rounds took place today for both 1,000-metre races, the 1,500 metres, the 500 metres and relays. Saturday’s races will see the 1,500-metre race, the first of two 1,000-metre competitions and the men and women’s relay semi-finals. On Sunday, there will be the 500-metre and second 1,000-metre races, as well as the relay finals. Each of Canada’s six men and six women are competing in two individual races.

Kasandra Bradette of St. Félicien, Que., took part in the 500 metres and 1500 metres. She was fifth in her 1,500-metre heat and will have to qualify for one of the other two semifinal spots through the repechage rounds on Saturday morning. She won her heat in the 500 metres to bypass the repechage and compete in the Saturday afternoon’s quarter-finals.

Marie-Eve Drolet of Laterrière, Que., won her both her 1,000- and 1,500-metre heats. She will be in Saturday’s 1,000-metre quarter-finals and the 1,500 semifinals.

Valérie Maltais of La Baie, Que., won her 1,500-metre race and moves on to the semifinals. In the 500 metres, she will have to qualify for the quarter-finals through the repechage after finishing in third place in her heat.

Marianne St. Gelais of St. Félicien, Que., won both her 500- and 1,000-metre races to move on to each quarter-final.

Caroline Truchon of Chicoutimi, Que., qualified for both 1,000-metre quarter-finals by skating to second place in her the two heats.

Taking part in both 1,000-metres races, Gabrielle Waddell of Red Deer, Alta., was second in her heat to qualify for the first quarter-finals. After finishing third in her heat for the second 1,000 metres, she will have to qualify through the repechage.

In winning his preliminary and heat races for the first 1,000 metres, Guillaume Bastille of Rivière-du-Loup, Que., qualified for the quarter-finals. He also won his preliminary race and heat in the 500 metres to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Rémi Beaulieu of Alma, Que., qualified for the both 1,000-metre quarter-finals. He had two second place finishes in for the first 1,000 metres, and took second and first spots in the other preliminary and heat races.

In his first career World Cup race, Patrick Duffy of Oakville, Ont., skated to third place in his 1,500-metre heat and will need to compete through the repechage rounds to reach the semifinals. In the second 1,000 metres, he won his preliminary race and was third in the qualifying heat. Duffy earned a spot in the quarter-finals with one of the fastest third place times.

Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que., took first place in his 1,500-metre heat to advance to the semifinals. He was also first in both his 1,000-metre preliminary and heat races to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Placing third in both his preliminary round and heat races, Liam McFarlane of Medicine Hat, Alta., moved on to the first 1,000-metre race quarter-finals with one of the fastest third-place times. He also won his preliminary race and heat in the 500 metres to qualify for the quarter-finals.

François-Louis Tremblay of Alma, Que., won his preliminary race and heat in the 500 metres to qualify for the quarter-finals. He was first as well in heat 1,500 metres heat, qualifying him for the semifinals.

In the women’s relay, Drolet, St. Gelais, Truchon and Waddell skated to first place in the qualification race, ahead of Japan, Germany and Hungary, to qualify for Saturday’s semifinals. Beaulieu, Duffy, Jean and Tremblay represented Canada in the men’s relay. In their heat, the Canadians finished second behind the Americans, but ahead of the Italians to move onto Saturday’s semifinals.