Speed skating’s long track season wraps up

Speed skating’s long track season wraps up today with Canada Cup 4 and Oval Finale
Tutt and Riopel top Canadians in the 1,500 metres


CALGARY – Philippe Riopel won the 1,500-metre Oval Finale and Canada Cup #4 titles today and Brianne Tutt took first in the Canada Cup long track speed skating competition and was third in the Oval Finale. While 15 of Canada’s long track skaters are in Heerenveen, Netherlands, preparing for next week’s World Single Distances Championships, over 200 skaters from 14 countries came to Calgary’s Olympic Oval for the five-day event.

Of the 53 Oval Finale and Canada Cup #4 medals awarded over the five-day competition, there were 33 personal records set.

Riopel, of Lachenaie, Que., set a personal best of one minute and 45.52 seconds to win the 1,500 metres. Daichi Yamanaka of Japan was second (1:45.94) and Italy’s Jan Daldossi (1:46.39) was third. They also set personal records. Martin Corbett of Scarborough, Ont., took the Canada Cup #4 silver medal (1:46.50) and Regina’s Mykola Makowsky was the bronze medalist (1:46.56). Corbett’s time in the distance was a personal best.

In the women’s 1,500 metres, Japan’s Natsumi Takayama won in a personal best of one minute and 59.38 seconds. Denise Roth of Germany took the silver, also skating her fastest in the distance, in 2:00.63. Brianne Tutt of Airdrie, Alta., was third overall and first for Canada Cup in a time of 2:00.81. Alberta’s Anna Ringsred and Kate Hanly were second (2:00.84) and third (2:01.53), respectively, for Canada Cup #4.

In the women’s mass start, Chinatsu Nagay of Japan took first place, followed by Johanna Ostlund of Sweden and Ringsred in third place. The men’s mass start had two races. Riopel won the first race (10:20.33), with American Joey Mantia taking second place (10:20.41) and B.C.’s Jay Morrison third (10:21.56). In the second race, Mikhail Choi of Quebec was first (11:40.19). Tory Henry of the Yukon was second (11:40.35) and Kota Maruyama of Japan was third (11:42.62).

Oval Final and Canada Cup #4
(if not a medallist, top Canadians are placed for Canada Cup ranking)

Wednesday, March 14

Women’s 3000 metres
1st, 4:16.34 - Lauren McGuire (Ontario) – personal record
2nd, 4:16.37 - Brianne Tutt (Alberta)
3rd, 4:16.60 - Tori Spence (B.C.)

Men’s 5000 metres
1st, 6:28.50 - Joey Mantia (U.S.A.) – personal record
2nd, 6:29.37 - Andrea Giovannini (Italy) – personal record
3rd, 6:29.62 - Marco Cignini (Italy) – personal record
7th, 6:32.90 - Stefan Waples (Manitoba) – personal record
11th, 6:36.52 - Leo Landry (Quebec)
12th, 6:37.78 - Alec Janssens (B.C.)

Thursday, March 15

Men’s 500 metres
1st, 34.76 - Dustin Miller (Ontario) – personal record
2nd, 34.78 - Laurent Dubreuil (Quebec)
3rd, 34.91 - William Dutton (Saskatchewan) – personal record

Women’s 1000 metres
1st, 1:16.69 - Kate Hanly (Alberta)
2nd, 1:17.54 - Brianne Tutt (Alberta) – personal record
3rd, 1:17.63 - Denise Roth (Germany) – personal record
15th, 1:20.32 - Jennessa Kemp (Alberta)

Women’s 500 metres
1st, 38.55 - Danielle Wotherspoon (Alberta)
2nd, 38.86 - Kate Hanly (Alberta) – personal record
3rd, 38.87 - Kaylin Irvine (Alberta)

Friday, March 16

Men’s 1000 metres
1st, 1:08.31 - Philippe Riopel (Quebec)
2nd, 1:08.92 - Dustin Miller (Ontario) – personal record
3rd, 1:09.18 - Richard MacLennan (Ontario)

Women 500 metres
1st, 38.37 - Danielle Wotherspoon (Alberta) – personal record
2nd, 38.42 - Tamara Oudenaarden (Alberta) – personal record
3rd, 38.65 - Kate Hanly (Alberta) – personal record

Women’s 5000 metres
1st, 7:18.81 - Brianne Tutt (Alberta) – personal record
2nd, 7:21.90 - Tori Spence (B.C.)
3rd, 7:22.49 - Lauren McGuire (Ontario) – personal record

Men’s 10000 metres
1st, 13:28.02 - Thomas Softeland (Norway) – personal record
2nd, 13:28.86 - Martin Hanggi (Switzerland) – personal record
3rd, 13:32.11 - Marco Cignini (Italy) – personal record
4th, 13:45.86 - Alec Janssens (B.C.) – personal record
5th, 13:47.24 - Leo Landry (Quebec)
7th, 13:50.10 - Stefan Waples (Manitoba)

Saturday, March 17

Men’s 500 metres

1st, 35.05 - Dustin Miller (Ontario)
2nd, 35.09 - Tyler Derraugh (Manitoba) – personal record
3rd, 35.19 - Philippe Riopel (Quebec) – personal record

Men’s 1000 metres
1st, 1:08.26 – Philippe Riopel (Quebec) – personal record
2nd, 1:08.76 – Richard MacLennan (Ontario) – personal record
3rd, 1:08.78 – Dustin Miller (Ontario) – personal record

Women’s 1000 metres
1st, 1:16.30 – Kate Hanly (Alberta) – personal record
2nd, 1:17.38 – Tamara Oudenaarden (Alberta)
3rd, 1:18.42 – Natsumi Takayama (Japan) – personal record
6th, 1:18.71 – Anna Ringsred (Alberta)

Sunday, March 18

Women’s 1500 metres

1st, 1:59.38 – Natsumi Takayama (Japan) – personal record
2nd, 2:00.63 – Denise Roth (Germany) – personal record
3rd, 2:00.81 – Brianne Tutt (Alberta)
4th, 2:00.84 – Anna Ringsred (Alberta)
6th, 2:01.53 – Kate Hanly (Alberta)

Men’s 1500 metres
1st, 1:45.52 – Philippe Riopel (Quebec) – personal record
2nd, 1:45.94 – Daichi Yamanaka (Japan) – personal record
3rd, 1:46.39 – Jan Daldossi (Italy) – personal record
4th, 1:46.50 – Martin Corbett (Ontario) – personal record
5th, 1:46.56 – Mykola Makowsky (Saskatchewan)