Three Canadians in top 20 all-round at World Junior LT Championships

Three Canadians in top 20 all-round at World Junior Long Track Championships
Hanly and de Haître get top 10 rankings in races today

COLLALBO, Italy
– Canada’s Josie Spence, Daniel Dubreuil and Maddison Pearman placed 11th, 14th and 18th, respectively, in the all-round ranking at the World Junior Long Track Speed Skating Championships in Collalbo, Italy. Kate Hanly took 10th place in today’s 1,000 metres, and Vincent de Haître was eighth in the 500 metres and 10th in the 1,500-metre distance.

Races Saturday featured the men’s second 500 metres, the 1,500 and 5,000 metres, and the women’s 1,000- and 3,000-metre distances. Sunday’s races will include the women’s second 500 metres and the men’s 1,000 metres, as well as the men’s and women’s team pursuit. Live web streaming is available at http://fisg.idealweb.tv/live/.

After placing 11th in his first 500-metre on Friday and eighth today with a time of 36.91 seconds, de Haître, of Cumberland, Ont., ranked ninth overall in the distance with 73.85 points. The 18-year old followed up that race with a tenth place finish in the 1,500 metres. He had a time of 1:52.85.

Calgary’s Hanly, slowly recovering from the flu, bounced back with a 10th placing finish in the 1,000 metres. She skated in a time of one minute and 21.72 seconds. Noémie Fiset of Quebec City came in 16th place, crossing the finish line in 1:22.27. Josie Spence, of Kamloops, B.C., was 22nd in a time of 1:23.65, and Maddison Pearman, of Ponoka, Alta., took 33rd spot in 1:24.87.

In the women’s 3,000 metres, Spence was 16th with a time of 4:37.24 and Pearman was 24th in 4:51.56.

For the women’s all-round ranking, based on points from the first 500-metre race, the 1,000, 1,500 and 3,000 metres, Spence was 11th overall and Pearman was 18th.

Daniel Dubreuil, of Lévis, Que., had his first top 20 finish after three races recording a time of 1:54.08 in the 1,500 metres, which was good enough for 18th place. Benjamin Donnelly, of Oshawa Ont., was 42nd after a time of 1:57.14.

Dubreuil was the only Canadian to compete in the 5,000 metres, taking the 25th spot in a time of 7:11.28.

For the men’s all-round, only Dubreuil skated all the required races – the first 500 metres, 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 metres – finishing 14th overall. After the first three races, de Haître was in ninth place, but he did not take part in the 5,000 metres for the final ranking.