Alexa Scott wins Allround bronze at World Junior Speed Skating Championships

Hubert Marcotte heads a group of three Canadians in the overall top-10 on the men's side

TOMASZOW MAZOWIECKI, POLAND – Alexa Scott won Allround bronze at the ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championships in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland, Saturday, as she came in third in the final overall individual standings.

Scott (Clandeboye, Man.) achieved the result, her best in three career World Junior Championships, after finishing fourth and 10th, respectively, in Saturday's 1000m and 3000m races. That gave her four top-10 results in as many individual races over the weekend, as she was 5th and 8th, respectively, in Friday's 500m and 1500m events. Dutch skater Femke Kok was crowned 2020 female World Junior Champion after finishing first in the women's Allround standings, ahead of Robin Groot, also from the Netherlands, and Scott.

Scott finished fourth in Saturday's 1000m with a time of 1:19.251, only 0.182 seconds away from the bronze medalist, Dutch skater Marrit Fledderus (1:19.069), who finished behind Kok (1:17.143) and Groot (1:17.972). That strengthened Scott's spot in third place overall with one race to go, the 3000m. The 18-year-old Canadian skater came up with a time of 4:25.089 in thateventand was provisionally second in Allround standings, behind Kok,with one foursome to go in the 3000m, but Groot skated to a fourth-place finish and was able to overtake Scott in Allround standings.

Scott, a two-time Canadian junior champion, finished fifth overall in last year's World Junior Championships. She was 18th in 2018.

Hubert Marcotte (Pont-Rouge, Que.) was one of three Canadians to finish in the top-10 in the men'sAll Round standings. He was 9th in Saturday's 1000m, his best result of the weekend,and came in 19th in the 5000m to finish fifth overall. Marcotte was 12th last year, when he made his World Junior Championship debut.

Frank Roth (Calgary, Alta.) was 8th in Saturday's 1000m, his second top-10 result of the weekend, and came in 22nd in the 5000m to finish 7th overall. The reigning Canadian junior champion was 17th overall in last year's World Junior Championships.

Jack Deibert (Calgary, Alta.) also improved on last year's result, coming 8th overall on Saturday, compared to 15th place in 2019.

All four skaters on the men's side made the top-15 Allround standings as Cédrick Brunet (Gatineau, Que.) finished 12th in his World Junior Championships debut.

The combined results from the 500m, 1000m, 1500m and 3000m/5000m events held Friday and Saturday counted in the Allround standings.

The ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championships wrap up on Sunday with the team events, i.e. the team sprint and the team pursuit, as well as the mass start. All of the races will be streamed live on the ISU YouTube channel.

QUOTES

  • “Overall, I had a tough weekend, I had to persevere through some stuff, but it was a good achievement at the end of a hard weekend. I got close to the podium in the 1000m, I was just off of it, that was a little disappointing, but I did what I had to do to get to third place in the Allround, so I'm pretty happy.” – Alexa Scott
  • “I'm really happy with my results. Before my races, I tried not to think to much about the results, in fact, and I focused more on just having a good race and skating well, without worrying about the final result. Still, I really didn't expect to have results like these, and to be so high in the standings. ” – Hubert Marcotte
  • “It's really cool (to see three Canadians in the top-10 and four in the top-15). I'm proud of my teammates and me. It bodes well for the future of the senior national team. The senior skaters, right now, are very strong in World Cups at in World Championships, and I think that the junior skaters we have now will be able to maintain those same standards.” – Hubert Marcotte

RESULTS

  • Alexa Scott (Clandeboye, Man.) : 4th in 1000m ; 10th in 3000m ; 3rd in final overall standings
  • Hee Won Son (Calgary, Alta.) : 22nd in 1000m ; DNS in 3000m ; 20th in final overall standings
  • Emmanuelle Côté (Chicoutimi, Que.) : 33rd in 1000m ; 28th in 3000m ; 17th in final overall standings
  • Laura Hall (Salmon Arm, BC) : 42nd in 1000m ; 19th in 3000m ; 18th in final overall standings 
  • Hubert Marcotte (Pont-Rouge, Que.) : 9th in 1000m ; 19th in 3000m ; 5th in final overall standings
  • Frank Roth (Calgary, Alta.) : 8th in 1000m ; 22nd in 3000m ; 7th in final overall standings
  • Jack Deibert (Calgary, Alta.) : 30th in 1000m ; 16th in 3000m ; 8th in final overall standings
  • Cédrick Brunet (Gatineau, Que.): 20th in 1000m ; 23rd in 3000m ; 12th in final overall standings

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