Long track speed skater David La Rue earns silver medal in 1500m at 2018 ISU World Junior Championships

Salt Lake City, U.S.A., March 9, 2018 – Long track speed skater David La Rue from Saint-Lambert, QC, earned on Friday a silver medal in the 1500m held at the 2018 ISU World Junior Championships set to take place until Sunday in Salt Lake City, U.S.A.
 
La Rue skated to a time of 1:44.59 to finish behind Norway's Allan Dahl Johansson (1:43.62). South Korea's Min-Seok Kim (1:45.11) collected bronze. Tyson Langelaar from Winnipeg, MB, took fifth place with a new personal best of 1:45.82.
 
Earlier in the day, La Rue finished 8th in the 500m with a time of 35.39 seconds. Langelaar (37.76) came in 12th and Connor Howe (35.96) from Canmore, AB, was 17th. South Korea's Joe-Woong Chung won gold thanks to a time of 34.66 seconds.
 
After two distances, La Rue is on top of the provisional overall standings at the World Junior Championships, while Langelaar is third. Howe is 11th overall and Kaleb Muller from Cranford, AB, 23rd.
 
“I’m happy about my first day of competition,” said La Rue, who was 8th in last year's 1500m, held in Finland. “My 500m didn’t go as well as I wanted, but I changed my mindset for the 1500m and I’m really happy with what I did. I can’t wait to show what I can do Saturday and for the other distances.”
 
On the women's side, Béatrice Lamarche of Quebec City skated to the Canadian women's team best result of the day, finishing one spot away from a podium finish as she came in fourth in the 1500m, with a time of 1:58.24. Brooklyn McDougall from Calgary was 16th as she registered a personal best of 2:01.39.
 
In the 500m, Lamarche finished 7th with a new personal best of 38.93. McDougall (39.18) was 9th, also setting a personal best, as did Gabrielle Jelonek (40.96) from Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly, QC, who was 30th, and Alexa Scott (41.22) from Clandeboye, MB, who was 34th.
 
“My 1500m was good, but I think I started a little bit too slow and because of that, my first lap was not as fast as I think I could do,” said Lamarche, who was 7th in last year's 1500m. “I would have liked to skate a time of under one minute and 58 seconds, but I’m happy with my race and about finishing fourth. I still have more races and I’m confident that I’m in top shape, so it bodes well for the rest of the weekend.”
 
Following the first day of competition, Lamarche is fourth overall, while McDougall is 9th, Scott 21st and Jelonek 22nd.
 
Racing will continue on Saturday with the 1000m, women’s 3000m, men’s 5000m, and team pursuit events.

More details are available at Speed Skating Canada's web site at www.speedskating.ca.

TODAY’S CANADIAN RESULTS

500m - W
7. Béatrice Lamarche (38.93) - PB
9. Brooklyn McDougall (39.18) – PB
30. Gabrielle Jelonek (40.96) – PB
34. Alexa Scott (41.22) – PB

500m – M
8. David La Rue (35.39)
12. Tyson Langelaar (37.76) – PB
17. Connor Howe (35.96) – PB
33. Kaleb Muller (36.91) - PB

1500m – W
4. Béatrice Lamarche (1:58.24)
16. Brooklyn McDougall (2:01.39) – PB
27. Alexa Scott (2:04.97)
31. Gabrielle Jelonek (2:06.93) – PB

1500m – M
SILVER: David La Rue (1:44.59)
5. Tyson Langelaar (1:45.82) – PB
23. Kaleb Muller (1:48.88) - PB
28. Connor Howe (1:49.51)

Overall Rankings (after two events)
4. Béatrice Lamarche
9. Brooklyn McDougall
21. Alexa Scott
22. Gabrielle Jelonek

1. David La Rue
3. Tyson Langelaar
11. Connor Howe
14. Kaleb Muller

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Speed Skating Canada would like to thank its sponsors:

Premium partner: Intact Insurance
Funding partners: Government of Canada (Sport Canada), Own The Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee
Official On-Ice High Performance Apparel: Li-Ning
Long Track Team Sponsor: KIA
Official Suppliers: Auclair, USANA
Official Technical Equipment Supplier: Nagano Skate
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