Junio & Nesbitt win the 500 metres

Gilmore Junio and Christine Nesbitt win the 500 metres at Fall World Cup Trials

CALGARY – Skating in his hometown, Gilmore Junio won both of today's 500-metre races to claim top spot in the distance at Speed Skating Canada’s Fall World Cup long track trials at Calgary’s Olympic Oval. World reigning champion in the 1,000 and 1,500 metres, Christine Nesbitt, from London, Ont., was the women's top skater in the 500 metres, also winning both her races. (Photo right: Gilmore Junio, credit Dave Holland Photography)

Junio won his races in times of 34.807 and 34.643 seconds, for an overall best cumulative of 69.44. His second race set a personal best by 0.13 seconds. Alex Boisvert-Lacroix, from Sherbrooke, Que., took second place in a total time of 69.68 (34.987 and 34.709). His second race shattered his previous 500-metre personal best by 0.21 seconds. Edmonton's Jamie Gregg and Laurent Dubreuil, from Lévis, Que., were tied for third at 69.85. Gregg had times of 35.035 and 34.824, and Dubreuil skated at 35.038 and 34.829. William Dutton, from Humboldt, Sask., was fifth overall in a total of 70.52 (35.288, 35.245).

"I'm really excited by it (placing first) and going to World Cups," said Junio. "It's a pretty good feeling. It's my first win in a long track competition. Both races went by pretty quick. I just thought about executing the points in my head. I had a checklist. Before I knew it (the race) was over."

Nesbitt won both 500-metre races in identical times of 38.246 seconds for a cumulative of 76.49. Danielle Wotherspoon, from Red Deer, Alta., had times of 38.795 and 38.286 seconds, with her second race giving her a new personal, for a cumulative of 77.08 and tied for second place. Calgary's Anastasia Bucsis, also in second spot, had a two-race total of 77.08 (38.749, 38.340). Winnipeg's Shannon Rempel was fourth (77.44; 38.875, 38.565) and Kaylin Irvine, from Calgary, was fifth (77.79; 39.073, 38.718).

The trials assist in identifying the teams for the first five World Cups of the 2012-13 season. SSC's long track high performance committee is meeting immediately following today's races to confirm the teams for the fall World Cups.

The first long track World Cup will be held Friday, Nov. 16 to Sunday, Nov. 18 in Heerenveen, Netherlands. The first event will feature all distances: two 500-metre races, 1,000, 1,500, 3,000 (women), 5,000 (men), mass start and team pursuit.

The second and third World Cups feature middle and long distances. The second World Cup is in Kolomna, Russia, on Nov. 24 and 25, with these specific distances: 1,500, 3,000 (women), 5,000 (men) and mass start. The third competition is in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Dec. 1 and 2, and highlights the 1,500 and team pursuit for men and women, 5,000 for women, 10,000 for men.

The final two World Cups on the fall schedule will feature the 500- and 1,000-metre sprint distances. Nagano, Japan, will host the fourth World Cup on Dec. 8 and 9, and the fifth World Cup moves to Harbin, China, on Dec. 15 and 16.

Here is a recap of the top five skaters and respective times from this weekend's trials and Canada's quotas, in brackets, for the 2012-13 World Cup season as well as the preselected skaters based on the 2012 World Single Distance Championships:

500 metres women after two races (4):
1st - Christine Nesbitt, 76.48 (38.246, 38.246) preselected
2nd - Danielle Wotherspoon, 77.08 (38.795, 38.286)
2nd - Anastasia Bucsis, 77.08 (38.749, 38.340)
4th - Shannon Rempel, 77.44 (38.875, 38.565)
5th - Kaylin Irvine, 77.79 (39.073, 38.718)
* Must meet minimum qualifying time of 40.00 seconds between July 1, 2011 and World Cup competition.

1,000 metres women (5):
Christine Nesbitt, preselected
1st - Kaylin Irvine, 1:16.81
2nd - Brittany Schussler, 1:17.54
3rd - Anastasia Bucsis, 1:17.55
4th - Kali Christ, 1:17.64
5th - Cindy Klassen, 1:17.79
Minimum qualifying time of 1:20.00.

1,500 metres women (5):
Christine Nesbitt, preselected
Cindy Klassen, preselected
1st - Brittany Schussler, 1:58.46
2nd - Kali Christ, 1:59.63
3rd - Kaylin Irvine, 1:59.77
4th - Ivanie Blondin, 2:00.22
5th - Kate Hanly, 2:00.81
Minimum qualifying time of 2:03.00.

3,000 metres women (5):
1st - Christine Nesbitt, 4:08.60
2nd - Ivanie Blondin, 4:10.38
3rd - Cindy Klassen, 4:11.42
4th - Brittany Schussler, 4:12.65
5th - Brianne Tutt, 4:16.63
Minimum qualifying time of 4:24.00.

5,000 metres women (5):
1st - Ivanie Blondin, 7:11.52
2nd - Tori Spence, 7:27.19 (7:18.77 on Oct. 30, 2011)
3rd - Lauren McGuire, 7:30.08 (7:22.49 on March 16, 2012)
4th - Brianne Tutt, 7:32.85 (7:18.81 on March 16, 2012)
5th - Ashley Nelson, 7:46.31*
* Must meet minimum qualifying time of 7:25.00 in the 5,000 metres or 4:15.00 in the 3,000 metres between July 1, 2011 and World Cup competition.

500 metres men after two races (5):
1st - Gilmore Junio, 69.44 (34.807, 34.643)
2nd - Alex Boisvert-Lacroix, 69.68 (34.987, 34.709)
3rd - Jamie Gregg, 69.85 (35.035, 34.824)
3rd - Laurent Dubreuil, 69.85 (35.038, 34.829)
5th - William Dutton, 70.52 (35.288, 35.245)
* Must meet minimum qualifying time of 36.20 seconds between July 1, 2011 and World Cup competition.

1,000 metres men (4):
Denny Morrison, preselected
1st - Philippe Riopel, 1:08.95
2nd - Tyler Derraugh, 1:08.99
3rd - Laurent Dubreuil, 1:09.07
4th - Richard MacLennan, 1:09.43
5th - Dustin Miller, 1:09.52
Minimum qualifying time of 1:11.90.

1,500 metres men (4):
1st - Denny Morrison, 1:44.73, preselected
2nd - Lucas Makowsky, 1:46.43
3rd - Mathieu Giroux, 1:46.47
4th - Tyler Derraugh, 1:46.76
5th - Philippe Riopel, 1:47.01
Minimum qualifying time of 1:51.00.

5,000 metres men (3):
1st - Jordan Belchos, 6:28.45
2nd - Denny Morrison, 6:29.28
3rd - Lucas Makowsky, 6:30.42
4th - Mathieu Giroux, 6:31.58
5th - Stefan Waples, 6:34.23
Minimum qualifying time of 6:48.00.

10,000 metres men (3):
1st - Jordan Belchos, 13:30.10
2nd - Stefan Waples, 13:48.38 (6:34.23 in 5,000 metres on Nov. 2, 2012)
3rd - Leo Landry, 13:53.11*
4th - Alec Janssens, 14:03.37 (6:34.83 in 5,000 metres on Nov. 6, 2011)
5th - Scott Bickerton, 14:03.91 (6:32.35 in 5,000 metres on Jan. 14, 2012)
* Must meet minimum qualifying time of 13:40.00 in the 10,000 metres or 6:35.00 in the 5,000 metres between July 1, 2011 and World Cup competition.