Hanly & de Haître in top 10 at World Junior LT Championships

Kate Hanly and Vincent de Haître in top 10 at World Junior Long Track Championships

COLLALBO, Italy
- Skating in light to heavy snowfall at the outdoor Ritten Arena in Italy’s northern city of Collalbo, Canada’s Kate Hanly was only 0.65 seconds away from earning her third medal in five world junior championships and Vincent de Haître had his third top 10 finish taking seventh place in the 1,000 metres at the World Junior Long Track Speed Skating Championships.

Hanly, of Calgary, had a time of 40.80 seconds in the 500 metres to take fourth place behind Japan’s Kako Yamane. Yamane won the bronze medal in 40.25 seconds. Hyun-Yung Kim of Korea claimed gold in 39.75 seconds, followed by Vanessa Bittner of Austria in 39.95.

Quebec City’s Noémie Fiset had her first top 10 ranking of the championships taking 10th place in a time of 41.00 seconds. Maddison Pearman, of Ponoka, Alta., earned 19th place in a time of 41.68 seconds.

In the men’s 1,000 metres, de Haître, of Cumberland, Ont., finished in seventh place in a time of 1:12.71. Daniel Dubreuil, of Lévis, Que., was 13th in 1:13.39.

Josie Spence, of Kamloops, B.C., joined Hanly and Fiset for the team pursuit, taking fifth place overall. In the qualifying round, they finished fifth with a time of 3:24.50. Only the top four teams advanced to the women’s and men’s final round.

In the men’s team pursuit, Canada ranked eighth overall. Benjamin Donnelly, of Oshawa Ont., joined de Haître and Dubreuil in the qualification round, finishing the 3,200-metre race in four minutes in 11.08 seconds.