Short Track Junior Canadian Championships in Montreal

Double gold for Quebec in the 1500m

 

Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, from Montreal, and Samuel Girard, from Fernand-Boileau, near Saguenay, won the 1500m A final, the first event of the Short Track Canadian Championships held at the Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal this weekend.

 

In the women’s event, Quebec monopolized the podium as Kim Boutin, from Sherbrooke, and Audrey Phaneuf, from Boucherville, won silver and bronze. After a close finish, Boutin finished only 8 one hundredths of a second behind Harris-Gauthier.

 

In the men’s event, the A Final starting list consisting of 7 skaters, with only Alexander Sacha Fathoullin of Alberta represented a province other than Quebec. Fathoullin did very well, finishing 2nd with a time of 2:23.14, only 24 one hundredths of a second behind winner Girard (2:22.90). Maxime Laoun from Montreal finished in third place with a time of 2:24.45.

 

The Short Track Junior Canadian Championships, featuring 32 male and female athletes 19 years and younger, is the competition for selecting the Junior National Team that will represent Canada at the 2014 Junior World Championships which will take place in Erzurum, Turkey, from March 8-10, 2014.

 

Saturday, June 18th (2:00 p.m.), the 2nd of 4 competition program events will be held, the women’s and men’s 500m event.