Bradette & Hamelin win the 500 metres at selections #2

Bradette and Hamelin win the 500 metres at National short track team selections #2

– Quebec skaters Kasandra Bradette and François Hamelin won today’s 500-metre race at the national short track team selections #2 at the Olympic Oval in Calgary. Click here for detailed results.

The selections wrap-up with 1,000 metres and Super 3,000 metres, as well as the relay on Sunday.

Hamelin, of Sainte-Julie, Que., and who won Friday’s 1,500 metres, edged Pier-Olivier Gagnon of Quebec by five one thousandths of a second (0.005) to win the A final in 41.205 seconds. Gagnon crossed the finish line in 41.210 seconds. Quebec’s City Alexandre St. Jean was third (41.577). Ontario’s Patrick Duffy was fourth (42.708) and Jacob McKenzie fifth (52.358) to round-out the A final group.

With 2,000 points after two races, Hamelin leads the men’s ranking. Gagnon is second with 1,359 and St. Jean is third with 1,109.

In the women’s A final, Bradette, of St-Félicien, Que., was first with a time of 43.721 seconds. Montreal’s Sabrina Bourgela was second (43.837) and Jessica Hewitt, Kamloops, B.C., took third spot (44.533). Quebec City’s Vanessa Bélanger-Marceau was fourth (1:16.293).

After two races, Bradette is the top female with 1,816 points, followed by Hewitt at 1,666 and Bourgela at 1,482.

This competition, along with the Canadian Open Championships in January, will be used to compile the 2011-12 Canadian rankings and assist in determining the top 12 men and 12 women for the 2012-13 national and development teams.

Men 500 metres final ranking (province):
1st - François Hamelin (Quebec) 41.205 seconds; 2nd - Pier-Olivier Gagnon (Quebec) 41.210; 3rd - Alexandre St. Jean (Quebec) 41.577; 4th - Patrick Duffy (Ontario) 43.708; 5th - Jacob McKenzie (Ontario) 52.358; 6th - Guillaume Blais-Dufour (Quebec); 7th - Vincent Cournoyer (Quebec); 8th - Dave Belval (Quebec); 9th - Yoan Gauthier (Quebec); 10th - Maxime Gauthier (Quebec); 11th - Mathieu Larivière-Lord (Quebec); 12th - Rob Watson (Ontario); 13th - Rémi Beaulieu (Quebec); 14th - Gabriel Chiasson-Poirier (Quebec); 15th - Sasha Fathoullin (Alberta); 16th - Mathieu Robitaille (Quebec); 17th - Jonathan Perez-Audy (Quebec); 18th - Allyn Gagnon (Quebec); 19th - Mikhail Choi (Quebec); 20th - Vincent Egesborg (Quebec); 21st - David Goulet (Quebec); 22nd - Benoit Larivière Lord (Quebec); 23rd - Jean-Christophe Marando (Quebec); 24th - Julien Collin-Demers (Ontario).

Women 500 metres final ranking (province):
1st - Kasandra Bradette (Quebec) 43.721 seconds; 2nd - Sabrina Bourgela (Quebec) 43.837; 3rd - Jessica Hewitt (Quebec) 44.533; 4th - Vanessa Bélanger-Marceau (Quebec) 1:16.293; 5th - Courtney Shmyr (B.C.); 6th - Andrea Do-Duc (Quebec); 7th - Audrey Phaneuf (Quebec); 8th - Ann-Véronique Michaud (Quebec); 9th - Namasthée Harris-Gauthier (Quebec); 10th - Kim Boutin (Quebec); 11th - Léa Thibault (Quebec); 12th - Vicky Labourdette (Quebec); 13th - Michelle Mackay (B.C.); 14th - Ana Pacanins (Alberta); 15th - Camille DeSerres-Rainville (Quebec); 16th - Elizabeth Albert (Quebec); 17th - Keri Morrison (Ontario); 18th - Jessica Santos-Bouffard (Quebec); 19th - Gillian Richmond (Alberta); 20th - Marie-Claude Lemieux (Quebec); 21st - Jesse Keca (B.C.); 22nd - Jamie MacDonald (B.C.); 23rd - Joannie Gervais (Quebec); 24th - Amélie Tremblay (Quebec).