Two records set at the 2004 ING Olympic Oval Finale


Day Two of the 2004 ING Olympic Oval Finale long track speed skating competition was thrilling today with two record finishes - a Junior World Record in the women’s 1500m and a Canadian Junior Record in the men’s 3000m. Ireen Wuust of the Netherlands skated the 1500m in 1:58.10 to eclipse the previous record set in 2002 at the Oval by fellow Dutch skater Elma de Vries. Wuust was second overall at the 2004 Junior World Championships. National Development Team member Justin Warsylewicz, who was crowned the 2004 Junior World Champion last month, skated the 3000m with a time of 3:45.98 setting a new National Junior Record.

In the Men’s All Round Short competition, Dutch skater Tom Prinsen was first in the 3000m with a time of 3:45.46, Warsylewicz was second and Sven Kramer (NED) was third with a 3:46.25. National Development Team member Denny Morrison, who was fourth overall at the Junior World Championships, was fourth with a personal best time of 3:47.71. In the Women’s All Round Short 1500m event, Wuust’s Dutch teammate Tessa vanDyk was second (2:02.68) and Ontario’s Christine Nesbitt who trains in the Oval Program was third with a personal best time of 2:03.11.

In the All Round Long competition, Jorien Voorhuis (NED) was first in the women’s 1500m with a time of 1:59.74. Dutch skater Kinge Pricker was second with a 2:02.52 and Norway’s Maren Haugli was third (2:03.23). National Development Team member Shannon Sibold was fourth with a personal best of 2:06.13. On the men’s side, Dutch skater Rhian Ket was first in the 1500m with a time of 1:47.60 and teammate Sicco Janmaat was second (1:48.22). National Development Team member Jeff Kitura was third with a personal best of 1:49.02.

In the women’s All Round Long 5000m event, Voorhuis was first with a time of 7:25.73. Sibold was second with a time of 7:28.71, while Haugli was third with a 7:29.01. In the men’s grueling 10,000m race, Janmaat was first with a time of 13:54.14, teammate Ket was second (14:04.86), and Japan’s Seitaro Otoge was third (14:14.72).

At 10:00am Friday, March 12th Dutch marathon skater Henk Angenent will attempt to break the 1 hour distance World Record at the Olympic Oval. Following this special event, the Men’s and Women’s All Round Short competitions will continue. Saturday and Sunday will feature the exciting Sprint competition, the 100m dash, team pursuits and the Ceili’s marathon events. Admission to the ING Olympic Oval Finale is FREE.

Racing times for particular athletes will also be available each day by calling Sharon at 403-220-5190 or Anne at 403-220-8158. For complete results, please visit www.oval.ucalgary.ca

For further information, please contact:

Anne Judin

403-220-8158 or akreeves@ucalgary.ca