Day 2 at the Canada Cup #1

Day 2 at the Canada Cup #1 at Quebec City’s Gaétan-Boucher Oval
Blais-Dufour, Janssens, Hanly and Spence win today

QUEBEC CITY – The Canada Cup #1 long track competition continued today at the Gaétan-Boucher Oval in Quebec City with familiar and new faces stepping on the podium. The women competed today in the 1,000 and 3,000 metres and the men faced off in the 1,500 and 5,000 metres. The first of four Canada Cups wraps up tomorrow with the second 500- and 1,000-metre races, the women's 5,000 metres and the men's 10,000 metres. Photo right by SportCafé.ca.

In the women's 1,000, Calgary's Kate Hanly won the gold medal in a time of one minute and 24.27 seconds. Hanly's national development squad teammate Tamara Oudenaarden, of St. Albert, Alta., took the silver medal in 1:24.51, and Josie Spence, of Kamloops, B.C., claimed the bronze in 1:25.45.

Spence moved up to earn first place in the 3,000 metres in a time of four minutes and 36.68 seconds, while her sister Tori took the silver medal in 4:37.21. Ottawa's Isabelle Weidermann earned her second medal of the competition taking bronze in a time of 4:44.54.

In the men's 1,500 metres, national development short track team member, Guillaume Blais-Dufour, won in a time of one minutes and 55.61 seconds. The native of Sherbrooke, Que., ranked eighth overall at the national short track selections in Calgary this past September. Two members of the long track development team took second and third spot. Alec Janssens of Chilliwack, B.C., was second in 1:56.58, and Martin Corbett of Scarborough, Ont., took third spot in 1:57.12.

Janssens returned to the podium with a first place ranking in the 5,000 metres. He won in a time of seven minutes and 1.34 seconds. Gabriel Chiasson-Poirier, of Laval, Que., who is also on the short track development team but is concentrating on long track this season, was second in a time of 7:01.84, and François Déry, of Saint-Jean Chrysostome, Que., came in third place in 7:02.68.

The top three finishers from today’s races are as follows:

Men's 1,500 metres: 1st – Guillaume Blais-Dufour (Sherbrooke, Que.), 1:55.61; 2nd – Alec Janssens (Chilliwack, B.C.), 1:56.58; 3rd – Martin Corbett (Scarborough, Ont.), 1:57.12.
Men's 5,000 metres: 1st – Alec Janssens (Chilliwack, B.C.), 7:01.34; 2nd – Gabriel Chiasson-Poirier (Laval, Que.), 7:01.84; 3rd – François Déry (Saint-Jean Chrysostome, Que.), 7:02.68.
Women's 1,000 metres: 1st – Kate Hanly (Calgary), 1:24.27; 2nd – Tamara Oudenaarden (St. Albert, Alta.), 1:24.51; 3rd – Josie Spence (Kamloops, B.C.), 1:25.45.
Women's 3,000 metres: 1st – Josie Spence (Kamloops, B.C.), 4:36.68; 2nd – Tori Spence (Kamloops, B.C.), 4:37.21; 3rd – Isabelle Weidermann (Ottawa), 4:44.54.

The Canada Cups are key events throughout the season as they are used to determine national rankings for positions on the national junior and development teams. The competitions are open to junior and senior skaters who meet specific distance time standards.

The Canada Cup circuit resumes in Calgary from Jan. 3 to 6. The Canada Cup returns to Quebec City from Feb. 1 to 3, and then Calgary for the last one from March 7 to 11.