Qualifications on Day 1 ST World Cup #3

Qualifications on Day 1 of the Samsung ISU Short Track World Cup in Japan

NAGOYA, Japan
– On the first day today of the Samsung ISU World Cup #3 at the Nippon Gaishi Arena in Nagoya, Japan, all 12 Canadian skaters moved on to at least one of their quarterfinal or semifinal races on Saturday and Sunday. Today’s qualifying rounds included two 1,500-metre races, the 500 metres, the 1,000 metres and men’s relay quarterfinals.

Saturday’s races will see the 1,500-metre race, the first of two 500-metre competitions and the men’s and women’s relay semifinals. On Sunday, there will be the 1,000-metre and second 500-metre races, as well as the relay finals.

Here is how Canada’s skaters fared today in the preliminary and qualification rounds for their two races:

Marie-Ève Drolet of Laterrière, Que.: She was fifth in her qualifying heat for the 500-metre quarterfinals and will have to compete through the repechage rounds to advance. She qualified directly for the semifinals of the first 1,500-metre race after winning her qualifying heat.
Jessica Gregg of Edmonton: She qualified directly for the semifinals of the first 1,500-metre race after placing third in her qualifying heat. She was third in her qualifying heat for the second 1,500-metre semifinals and will have to compete through the repechage semifinals to advance.
Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C.: She was second in her qualifying heat for the 1,000 metres to advance to the quarterfinals. She qualified directly for the second 1,500-metre semifinals after placing second in her qualifying heat.
Valérie Maltais of La Baie, Que.: She won her qualifying heat for the 1,000 metres to advance to the quarterfinals. She qualified directly for the second 1,500-metre semifinals after placing second in her qualifying heat.
Marianne St. Gelais of Saint-Félicien, Que.: She advanced to the 500-metre quarterfinals after placing second in her qualifying heat. After fishing fourth in her qualifying heat for the first 1,500-metre race, she will have to skate through the repechage semifinals to move on to the main semifinals.
Caroline Truchon of Chicoutimi, Que.: She advanced to the 500-metre quarterfinals after placing second in her qualifying heat. She finished in third place in her qualifying heat for the 1,000 metres and will have to compete through the repechage to advance to the main quarterfinals.

Guillaume Bastille of Rivière-du-Loup, Que.: He won his heat for the first 1,500-metre race and advanced directly to the semifinals. He will compete directly in the semifinals for the second 1,500-metre race after finishing in third place in the preliminary round and then qualifying as one of the fastest fourth place finishers in the qualifying heat.
Michael Gilday of Yellowknife: He will compete directly in the 1,000-metre quarterfinals after winning his preliminary race and then advancing as one of the fastest thirds in the qualifying heat. He will compete directly in the semifinals for the second 1,500-metre race after finishing in second place in the preliminary round and qualifying heat.
Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que.: He will compete directly in the 500-metre quarterfinals after winning his preliminary race and his qualifying heat. He won his heat for the first 1,500-metre race and advanced directly to the semifinals.
François Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que.: He will compete directly in the 500-metre quarterfinals after winning his preliminary race and finishing in second place in his qualifying heat after being interfered with. He was in second place in his heat for the first 1,500-metre race and advanced directly to the semifinals.
Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que.: He will compete directly in the 500-metre quarterfinals after taking second place in his preliminary race and the winning his qualifying heat. He will compete directly in the 1,000-metre quarterfinals after being advanced in the preliminary race and then placing second in the qualifying heat.
Liam McFarlane of Medicine Hat, Alta.: He will compete directly in the 1,000-metre quarterfinals after winning his preliminary race and then placing second in the qualifying heat. He will compete directly in the semifinals for the second 1,500-metre race after finishing in third place in the preliminary round and then qualifying as one of the fastest fourth place finishers in the qualifying heat.

In the men’s relay quarterfinals today, Canada finished in second place behind France to move on to Saturday’s semifinals. The men lined-up with Gilday, Charles Hamelin, Jean and McFarlane. The women’s team will compete in Saturday’s semifinals.

The World Cup Podium Tracker by Intact Insurance stands at $20,000 (5 gold, 10 silver; 5 bronze). Intact Insurance will award $1,000 in cash and prizes to a local speed skating club with each individual medal win. This season’s 20th medal came from Ottawa’s Ivanie Blondin, who won silver in the mass start at long track World Cup #2 in Kolomna, Russia, on Nov. 24. The London Speed Skating Club was the recipient of the $1,000.