World Junior Championships Update

Laurent Dubreuil (Lévis, QC) was the top Canadian skater in action at the World Junior Championships today. Both short and long track junior speed skaters are competing in their respective World Championships this weekend. The long track event is taking place in Seinajoki, Finland, while the short track skaters are competing in Courmayeur, Italy.

In Finland, Dubreuil took second place in the first of two 500m races with a time of 36.71, just 0.03 second off the first place finisher, Kim Sung-Kyu of Korea. With another good 500m race tomorrow, he could improve his 4th place finish in the distance from last year’s World Junior Championships. Also racing the 500m was Martin Corbett (Uxbridge, ON) who took 10th place with a time of 37.62. Alec Janssens (Chiliwack, BC), Axel Morin (Saskatoon, SK) and Connor McConvey (Innisfil, ON) respectively finished 30th, 34th and 41st.

On the women side, Jennessa Kemp (Calgary, AB) was the top Canadian in 12th place, with a time of 41.65. Kali Christ (Regina, SK) followed in 41.79, good for 14th position and Brianne Tutt (Airdrie, AB) was 19th in a time of 41.98. Teammates Alexandra Ianculescu (Toronto, ON) and Kate Hanly (Calgary, AB) were 24th and 26th.

Also on the program was the women’s 1500m, where Christ was the top Canadian in fifth place, thanks to her time of 2:05.73. Tutt followed in 11th place (2:09.08), Hanly finished 23rd and Kemp 25th. McConvey, Corbett and Janssens, as they are racing the allround competition on the men side, also had to race the 3000m. The first two took 26th and 27th position respectively, while Janssens was disqualified.

In short track action, things were looking great with five Canadian skaters out of six in semi-finals. Unfortunately, each one saw their day end there. Ann-Véronique Michaud (Amqui, QC) and Pier-Olivier Gagnon (Québec, QC), who both finished third of their semi-final heat, find themselves in 9th place. Meanwhile, Patrick Duffy (Oakville, ON) was fourth of his heat, for 11th place, and Cynthia Mascitto (Laval, QC) fifth in her race, for 15th place. Laurie Marceau (Dolbeau-Mistassinni, QC), one of Canada’s top contender at these World Junior Championships, was disqualified for impeding in semi-final and ends up 18th, while Alexandre St-Jean (Québec, QC) was eliminated after a fall in his quarter final, for 34th position.

Action resumes tomorrow in Italy, where short track skaters will compete in the 500m. Meanwhile, the men long track athletes will race the second 500m, the 1500m and 5000m, while the women will race the 1000m and 3000m.

Please note that Speed Skating Canada is currently experiencing problems with its website, and we are unable to add information to it. You can find the short track results from this weekend’s events here, and the long track ones here.