Derraugh & Junio Canada’s best at World Cup

Tyler Derraugh and Gilmore Junio Canada’s best at World Cup in Calgary

– Tyler Derraugh and Gilmore Junio were Canada’s top skaters today finishing seventh in the 1,000 metres and eight in the 500 metres, respectively, at the Essent ISU World Cup #6 for sprint distances at Calgary’s Olympic Oval.

Christine Nesbitt, silver medallist in the 1,000 metres on Saturday, did not compete today, as was planned in her training and competition program in advance of next weekend’s World Sprint Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Tyler Derraugh, of Winnipeg, skated to a seventh place finish with a time of 1:08.01 in the men’s division A 1,000 metres. Edmonton’s Jamie Gregg was 13th in 1:08.77.

In the men’s division A 500 metres, hometown skater Gilmore Junio led the way with an eighth place finish in a time of 34.71 seconds. Gregg, yesterday’s bronze medallist, took 17th place in a time of 34.92, and Alex Boisvert-Lacroix, of Sherbrooke, Que., was 20th in 35.22 seconds.

In division B 500 metres, Laurent Dubreuil, of Lévis, Que., won the gold medal in a time of 34.81 seconds, and William Dutton, of Humboldt, Sask., was fifth in 35.07 seconds.

In the women’s division A 500 metres, Anastasia Bucsis, of Calgary, finished in 38.45 seconds, 0.24 seconds faster than Saturday, and moved up one spot to 16th. In division B action, Danielle Wotherspoon, of Red Deer, Alta., took the silver medal in a time of 38.34 seconds. Calgary’s Kaylin Irvine was fourth in 38.37 seconds, recording a personal best time by 0.03 seconds. Shannon Rempel, of Winnipeg, was eight in 38.56 seconds, and Regina’s Kali Christ was 18th in 39.27 seconds.

In the women’s 1,000 metres division B, Canada placed four of its five skaters in the top five. Brittany Schussler, of Winnipeg, won gold in a personal best time 1:58.582, followed closely behind by Irvine at 1:15.586. Bucsis took fourth spot in 1:16.62 and Christ was fifth in 1:16.64. Wotherspoon was 16th in a time of 1:18.30.

Dubreuil clocked a 1:08.94 time in the 1,000 metres division B to take sixth place. Philippe Riopel, of Lachenaie, Que., was eighth in a time of 1:09.17 and Junio took eight spot in 1:09.97.

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Daniel Dubreuil, of Lévis, Que., won the silver in the 500 metres in 39.61 seconds and Ben Donnelly, of Oshawa, Ont., was sixth in 40.59. Dubreuil won the 1,500 metres in 2:00.53, and Donnelly earned the bronze in 2:01.48.

Noémie Fiset, of Quebec City, won both her races today. She posted a fastest 41.10 seconds in the 500 metres and 1:24.87 in the 1,000 metres. Teammate Maddison Pearman, of Ponoka, Alta., won the bronze medal in the 500 metres in 42.24 seconds, and was fourth in the 1,000 metres in 1:28.97.

The World Cup Podium Tracker by Intact Insurance stands at $32,000 (8 gold, 15 silver; 9 bronze). Intact Insurance will award $1,000 in cash and prizes to a local speed skating club with each individual medal win. This season’s 31st medal came today from Gregg’s bronze and the 32nd was from Nesbitt’s silver medal, both on yesterday. The Cape Breton Speed Skating Club and Calgary Speed Skating Club each will receive $1,000 from the program.