Makowsky, Nesbitt win 1500 m races at Fall World Cup Trials - Day three of Fall World Cup Trials, Calgary

Makowsky, Nesbitt win 1500 m races at Fall World Cup Trials - Day three of Fall World Cup Trials, Calgary

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Calgary, October 19, 2013 – Lucas Makowsky of Regina and Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., won the 1500 m events Saturday at Speed Skating Canada’s Fall World Cup Trials at the Calgary Olympic Oval.

Makowsky finished in one minute, 46.00 seconds for a margin of victory of more than one second. Richard MacLennan of Sault St. Marie, Ont., was second in 1:47.05, followed by Mathieu Giroux of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., in 1:47.19.

Vincent de Haitre of Cumberland, Ont., was fourth and Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg fifth.

“It was a solid race for me,” Makowsky said. “Right now I’m not really focussing on being fully primed and ready to go. I’m just establishing all the routines and warm-ups, and race execution that I want to be doing during the year leading up to the Olympics.”

“So, I had a good race in that sense.”

Nesbitt’s winning time was 1:56.05. Kali Christ of Regina took second in 1:58.12, with third going to Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg in 1:58.67.

Brianne Tutt of Airdrie, Alta., placed fourth, and Josie Spence of Kamloops, B.C., fifth.

Canada has five racing positions in all distances for the first four World Cups of the season with the exception of the men’s 5000 and 10000 metres, in which only three skaters will be named to the Canadian team.

Nesbitt and Christ had already pre-qualified for 1500 m based on results at the 2013 world sprint championships in Sochi, Russia last March, so neither had to race Saturday.

“It was a really hard race,” Nesbitt said. “I didn’t skate the way I wanted to, but looking at the men’s 1500 — some guys had good races — it doesn’t indicate the ice is particularly helpful in having good races.”

The World Cup season opens Nov. 8-10 in Calgary followed by stops in Salt Lake City, Astana, Kazakhstan, and Berlin, Germany.

The Trials wrap up Sunday with the women’s 5000 at 1:50 p.m., followed by the men’s 10000 at 2:45.