Kali Christ 10th after day 1 of World Allround Championships. Essent ISU World Allround Speed Skating Championships

March 22, 2014 – Kali Christ of Regina is the top Canadian and is 10th entering Sunday’s final two races at the Essent ISU World Allround Speed skating Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

 

The 22-year-old placed fourth in the 500m in 39.37 seconds and 12th in the 3000m in 4:14.39 on Saturday at the final competition on the ISU international calendar. It wraps up with a 1500m and 5000m on Sunday for the women and 1500m and 10000m for the men.

 

“I'm really happy with how my races went today and it puts me in a good spot for the 1500m tomorrow which, as always, I'm excited for, Christ said.

 

At the world allrounds, competitors race the first three events. The top eight skaters then race the 5000m.

 

Christ recently competed in her first Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia and was 16th in the 1500m and 21st in the 1000m there. She is in her third international season.

 

Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, who was also part of Team Canada in Sochi, is 18th after the first day, finishing in that exact spot in both races Saturday. Winnipeg’s Shannon Rempel was ninth in the 500m and 21st in the 3000m and is 20th overall.

 

Canada’s lone male competitor, Jordan Belchos of Thornhill, Ont., is 23rd after the 500m and 5000m. Belchos was 22nd in the 500 and 19th in the 5000m. 

 

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