Bélanger & Beaulieu win 1500m

Genève Bélanger and Rémi Beaulieu win 1,500 metres at National short track team selections

- Having just returned from placing 10th overall at the World Junior Championships in Poland last weekend, Montréal’s Genève Bélanger won today’s 1,500 metres at the National short track team selections #2 in Montreal. National team member, Rémi Beaulieu of Alma, Que., was the men’s champion.

Bélanger earned 1,000 points for placing first in the final in a time of two minutes and 36.263 seconds. National team members Caroline Truchon and Jessica Gregg came in second and third and earning 816 and 666 points, respectively. Truchon, of Chicoutimi, Que., had a time of 2:36.417 and Edmonton’s Gregg came in at 2:36.605.

Keri Morrison, of Burlington, Ont., was fourth (2:36.676), followed by Valérie Lambert, of Quebec City, in fifth (2:36.983), Vicky Labourdette, of Laval, Que., in sixth (2:37.080) and Andréa Do-Duc, of Montreal, in seventh (2:37.410).

In the men’s final, Beaulieu claimed the most points with his first place time of two minutes and 21.401 seconds. Quebec City’s Alexandre St. Jean was second in a time of 2:21.456 and Vincent Cournoyer, of Boucherville, Que., was third in 2:21.438.

Patrick Duffy, of Oakville, Ont., was fourth in 2:21.592, and Pier-Olivier Gagnon, of Montreal, was fifth in 2:22.065. François Hamelin, of Sainte-Julie, Que., was disqualified at the finish line.

The 500-metre distance is featured Saturday at the Maurice-Richard Arena, with races starting at 9 a.m. and finals at approximately 11 a.m. The selections wrap up Sunday with 1,000 and Super 3,000 metres. The 1,000-metre qualification heats begin at 1:30 p.m. with the finals at 4 p.m. The Super 3,000-metre race will follow with only the top 16 skaters.

This competition, along with the Canadian Open Championships in January, will be used to compile the 2012-13 Canadian rankings and assist in determining the 2013-14 national and development teams and skaters for the Olympic selections in August.