Four Canadian Athletes Crack top-10 in Short Track at Universiade

Four Canadian short track speed skaters achieved top-10 results in today’s 500m races at the 24th Winter Universiade in China. Alex Boisvert-Lacroix (Sherbrooke, QC) posted the best result with a 4th place finish, followed closely by teammate Liam McFarlane (Medicine Hat, AB) in 5th. On the women side, Marie-Andrée Mendes-Campeau (Montreal, QC) took 5th place and Gabrielle Waddell (Red Deer, AB) was 6th.

Boisvert-Lacroix, who won a World Cup medal in the 500m last season, had very strong qualification rounds to pave his way to the final race of the day. He was disqualified for impeding in the final and had to settle for 4th. Jang Won Hoon of Korea took gold, followed by Gao Ming of China and Ito Junji of Japan.

McFarlane came close, but was eliminated in semi-final for 5th position. Teammates Tyler Derraugh (Winnipeg, MB) and Richard Shoebridge (Cambridge, ON) were eliminated in quarter finals and heats for 12th and 24th positions overall.

No Canadian women qualified for the 500m final, showcasing only Chinese skaters. Mendes-Campeau and Waddell nonetheless took third place in each of their semi-final races, which gave them 5th and 6th places overall.

Annik Plamondon (Longueuil, QC) and Valérie Lambert (Sherbrooke, QC) were eliminated in quarter finals for 13th and 16th positions.

The women’s team (Waddell, Lambert, Plamondon and Nita Avrith of Montreal) went on to skate in the relay, and took second place of their heat, to qualify for the final to be held on February 23.

Short track athletes will enjoy a day off Saturday, and will be back in action on Sunday with the 3000m event and men’s relay qualification.