Shani Davis closed out Olympic Oval competition with top results in 1,500 & 5,000 metres

American speed skater Shani Davis took first place in the 5,000 metres and 1,500 metres long track in the final day of the Olympic Oval Long Track Invitational I.

Davis, who trains at the Olympic Oval with Canadian coach Marcel Lacroix, clocked a time of 1:45:04 in the 1,500 metres. Jean-Francios Tessier of Quebec took second in 1:53:47 and Pedos Maksim of the Ukraine came in third at 1:54:85.

In the 5,000 metres Davis finished with a time of 6:26:69. Alexander Belyayev and Dimitri Obaturov of Kazakhstan came in second and third with times of 6:34:36 and 6:37:51.

Davis, like many Canadian and international athletes, participated in the Olympic Oval Long Track Invitational I in preparation for the Essent ISU World Cup on November 12 and 13, 2005 hosted at the Olympic Oval.

Next week the Olympic Oval Long Track Invitational II starts on Friday, November 4, 2005. The competition is the qualifier for the World Cup Sprints (500 metres and 1,000 metres) and will feature Canadian speed skaters Jeremy Wotherspoon, Mike Ireland, Shannon Rempel and Krisy Myers.