Fast ice on Day One at the Conematic Heating Short Track Invitational

The Conematic Heating Short Track Invitational is an annual event known for its exciting speed and strategy, and once again, it is living up to its reputation. The ice was fast today as the 1500m races kicked-off this competition. Several skaters on the women’s side skated very close to the World Record.

In the sixth heat of the day, China’s Meng Wang was the fastest woman today skating just over a second slower than the World Record, with a time of 2:22.226. Canadian National Team skater Raphaele Lemieux skated the second fastest time in the same heat with a time of 2:22.718 setting an impressive new personal best. National teammate and Oval Program skater Amanda Overland skated the third fastest with 2:22.809 shaving over two seconds off her personal best.

Canadian National Team member Jeffrey Scholten, who holds the World Record in the 500m, skated the fastest 1500m race of the day with a time of 2:17.111. American JP Kepka finished with the second fastest time (2:17.238), while China’s Yeran Liu was third (2:17.274). Oval Program skater Bryan McSorley was fourth with a 2:17.713.

In the relay event, the men’s Canada A team was first, followed by China, Canada B and the US team in fourth. On the women’s side, China was first, Canada was second and the US was third.

This weekend’s competition is a tune-up for the Conematic Heating ISU World Cup Short Track, held October 17, 18 & 19 at the Olympic Oval. The Canadian showed strong today, so fans are certain to see more ‘fast and fearless’ action!

Come out and see some of the world’s best short track speed skaters.

Saturday kicks off with the 500m event. Races begin at 9:00a.m.

For further information contact:
Anne Reeves
Communications Specialist