Montreal teenager & veteran win short track speed skating titles at 2004 Canada Post Open Championships

Montreal teenager Steve Robillard began a new chapter in his career on Sunday as he won the men’s overall national title while veteran Tania Vicent earned her first career women’s crown at the 2004 Canada Post Open Championships short track speed skating competition.

In men’s competition, Robillard finished atop the overall standings with 2,875 points highlighted by his 1,500-metres victory on Friday. Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal, the 3,000 winner on Sunday, was second at 2,723 and Jean-François Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., who earned his second win this weekend in Sunday’s 1,000, was third overall.

The competition also finalized the Canadian team for the world team championships March 13-14 in St. Petersburg, Russia and the world championships March 19-21 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The first trials in Chicoutimi, Que., in November counted for 33 percent and this weekend’s competition 66 percent.

Guilmette placed first in the world trials standings followed in order by Robillard, Monette, Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., and Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que. The top-five make the world team and the top three race the individual distances.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment a long time,” said Robillard, 19, the Canadian junior champion two years ago and headed to his first senior level worlds. “The first trials went well for me and I knew my chances were good to make the world team. Then as this weekend progressed a top-three finish became a possibility. I seem to always race well under pressure”

In women’s competition, Vicent swept gold in the 1,000 and 3,000 on Sunday for her first Canadian title with 3,816 points. Amanda Overland of Kitchener, Ont., was second at 2,237 and Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., third at 2,185.

In the world trial standings, Vicent placed first with Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., second, Kraus third, Overland fourth and Anouk Leblanc-Boucher of Montreal fifth.

“I didn’t think I would dominate this much,” said Vicent , in her 11th season on the national team. “But I was pretty fed up with always being the runner-up. So it’s about time I won one. I think my attitude towards racing changed a bit this weekend.”

Sunday’s results at the 2004 Canada Post Open Championships in Abbotsford, B.C.


MEN

1,000


1. Jean-Francois Monette, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., 1 :28.258

2. Charles Hamelin, Ste-Julie, Que., 1 :28.354

3. Jonathan Guilmette, Montreal, 1 :28.498

4. Steve Robillard, Montreal, 1 :28.656


3,000


1. Guilmette, 5:15.963

2. Mathieu Turcotte, Sherbrooke, Que., 5 :15.997

3. Robillard, 5 :16.075

4. Francois-Louis Tremblay, Boucherville, Que., 5 :16.127

5. Hamelin, 5 :16.139

6. Monette, 5 :16.285

7. Éric Bédard, Ste-Thècle, Que., 5 :16.593

8. Daryl Rasmussen, Prince George, B.C., 5 :28.129


WOMEN


1,000


1. Tania Vicent, Montreal, 1 :34.220

2. Amélie Goulet-Nadon, Laval, Que., 1 :34.290

3. Alanna Kraus, Abbotsford, B.C., 1 :34.334

4. Amanda Overland, Kitchener, Ont., 1 :35.212


3,000


1. Vicent, 5 :31.724

2. Goulet-Nadon, 5 :32.628

3. Overland, 5 :33.156

4. Kraus, 5 :33.214

5. Kalyna Roberge, Ste-Étienne-de-Lauzon, Que., 5 :33.398

6. Chantale Sévigny, Sherbrooke, Que., 5 :33.966

7. Mélanie Gagnon, 5 :35.210

8. Anouk Leblanc-Boucher, Montreal, 5 :40.714



Canadian team for the world team championships March 14-14 at St. Petersburg, Russia and world championships March 19-21 at Gothenburg, Sweden.


Men: Guilmette; Robillard; Monette; Turcotte; Hamelin


Women: Vicent; Goulet-Nadon; Kraus; Overland; Leblanc-Boucher