NEWS: Klassen & Makowsky win today at Fall World Cup Long Track Trials

OTTAWA – Cindy Klassen of Winnipeg won her third race in as many days today when she had the best time in the 3,000-metre race at Speed Skating Canada’s Fall World Cup Long Track Trials at Calgary’s Olympic Oval. Lukas Makowsky of Regina won today’s 5,000 metres. (Results in PDF and from the Calgary Olympic Oval) Sunday’s trials, starting at 10 a.m. will see the 500-metre races, the 5,000-metre distances for women and 10,000-metre for men. Klassen, in a time of 4:08.62, beat Nicole Garrido of Alberta by 1.31 seconds. Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa came in third. Tori Spence and Keara Maguire, both from B.C., were fourth and fifth, respectively. Makowsky won with a time of 6:30.44. Jordan Belchos of Ontario was second, 0.33 seconds behind Makowsky. Mathieu Giroux of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., was third. Scott Bickerton of B.C. was fourth and Stefan Waples of Manitoba was fifth. The trials will be used to identify the team for the first three World Cup competitions. The first World Cup event for the long track team is Friday, Nov. 18 to Sunday, Nov. 20 in Chelyabinsk, Russia, quickly followed by the second competition in Astana, Kazakhstan, from Friday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Nov. 27. The third World Cup is again only a couple of the days later running from Friday, Dec. 2 to Sunday, Dec. 4 in Heerenveen, Netherlands. - end -

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