Hughes & Elm win national all around speed skating titles

Clara Hughes of Winnipeg earned her third victory in two days with a powerful performance in the 5,000-metre finale to win the women’s all around crown Sunday at the Canadian long track speed skating championships.

In the 5,000, Hughes clocked a track record six minutes and 54.91 seconds, her best ever time in Calgary by more than five seconds. Hughes won the Olympic bronze medal in the 5,000 last winter clocking 6:53.53 in Salt Lake City.

Kristina Groves of Ottawa posted a personal best 7:05.07 for second spot and Tara Risling of Medicine Hat, Alta., was third in 7:23.64.

"This is a great start for the second half off the year," said Hughes, who had a great first half with gold and silver in the 5,000 on the World Cup circuit. "I have a lot more in me than I thought. I wanted to start out today’s race a lot faster to see what would happen. So I viewed the race as a big test."

In the final all around standings, Hughes, also the 1,500 and 3,000 winner on Saturday, was first with 164.305 points. Groves was second at 165.218 and Risling third at 167.270.

In the men’s final all around standings, Elm took first spot at 154.176 on the strength of Sunday’s win the 10,000 and Saturday’s victory in the 5,000. Dustin Molicki of Calgary, the 1,500 winner Saturday, was second at 154.293 and Kevin Marshall of Coquitlam, B.C., third at 154.404.

Elm won the 10,000 in 13:52.15 with Molicki second in 13:59.43 and Marshall third in 14:06.48.

This weekend’s competition also helped determine national team assignments for the rest of the World Cup season, the world sprint championships and the Continental Cup, which is a qualifier for the world all around championships.

Those teams will be confirmed by Speed Skating Canada this week.

Next weekend there is a World Cup sprint event in Salt Lake City and the world junior short track speed skating championships in Budapest.



Sunday’s results at the Canadian long track speed skating championships:

MEN

All around

10,000: 1. Steven Elm, Red Deer, Alta., 13:52.15; 2. Dustin Molicki, Calgary, 13:59.45; 3. Kevin Marshall, Coquitlam, B.C., 14:06.38; 4. Tyler Johnston, Moose Jaw, Sask., 14:11.64; 5. Dave Newman, Winnipeg, 14:13.85; 6. Philippe Marois, Charlesbourg, Que., 14:18.75; 7. Peter Volcic, Kitchener, Ont., 14:22.64; 8. Jeff Kitura, Langley, B.C., 14:29.33; 9. Mark Jesney, Saskatoon, 14:40.87; 10. Laurent Lemieux, Charlesbourg, 14:40.87.

All around final: 1. Elm, 154.176 points; 2. Molicki, 154.293; 3. Marshall, 154.404; 4. Marois, 157.221; 5. Volcic, 157.532; 6. Kitura, 158.020; 7. Johnston, 158.863; 8. Newman, 161.696; 9. Lemieux,161.981.



WOMEN

All around

5,000: 1. Clara Hughes, Winnipeg, 6:54.91; 2. Kristina Groves, Ottawa, 7:05.07; 3. Tara Risling, Medicine Hat, Alta., 7:23.64; 4. Shannon Sibold, Calgary, 7:29.60; 5. Tiffany Hughes, Cambridge, Ont., 7:32.36; 6. Selina Elm, Red Deer, Alta., 7:37.31; 7. Vivien Hannos, B.C., 7:41.17; 8. Tawnya Yard, Calgary, 7:45.67; 9. Alexandra Wrubleski, Regina, 7:46.34; 10. Chelsey Parker, Saskatoon, 7:49.41.

All around standings (final): 1. Clara Hughes, 164.305 points; 2. Groves, 165.218; 3. Risling, 167.270; 4. Tiffany Hughes, 169.666; 5. Kerry Simpson, Melville, Sask., 170.721; 6. Elm, 172.062; 7. Parker, 175.622; 8. Yard, 176.018; 9. Hannos, 176.520; 10. Mireille Savard, Quebec, 179.677.


Complete results are available at http://www.oval.ucalgary.ca/Long_Track.asp