Lucas Makowsky Ninth After Two Events

Lucas Makowsky (Regina, SK) is currently ranked ninth after the first two events at the World All Round Championships of Long Track Speed Skating, taking place in Heerenveen, the Netherlands. Friday, Makowsky finished sixth in the 500m event, and 11th in the 5000m event.

The Netherland’s Sven Kramer, who also came sixth in the 500m, but first in the 5000m, currently occupies the top spot in the rankings, ahead by 74 one-hundredths of a second to closest competitor, American Jonathan Kuck. Norway’s Havard Bokko is in third place, at 95 one-hundredths of a second from Kramer.

Makowsky skated the 500m distance in the same time as Kramer (36.45) and stopped the clock at 6:35.06 in the 5000m event. Canadian is 4.63 seconds from first place overall.

“I’m pretty happy because this is my best ranking after two events at this competition,” explained the University of Calgary’s student in chemical engineering and economy, who is at his third World All Round Championships.

Makowsky was 13th in 2008 and 17th in 2009, and was somewhat surprised by his sixth place finish in the 500m, given that he is a specialist in long distance skating. “I had a good start and I skated well in the corners; overall, it made for a good time,” he commented.

The Olympic Champion of Team Pursuit was slightly less satisfied by his results in the 5000m event. “It wasn’t bad, but it was a bit difficult; its was an OK race. I’d like to skate a really solid 1500m race tomorrow (Saturday). This season, that distance seems to be my best. In general, I’d really like to finish in the top ten,” Makowsky concluded.

Mathieu Giroux (Pointe-aux-Trembles, QC), also an Olympic gold medallist in the Team Pursuit, is ranked 14th after two events. The native of Quebec finished 11th in the 500m and 16th in the 5000m.

Other Canadians on the ice were Justin Warsylewicz (Regina, SK) and Jeff Kitura (Langley, BC); who are ranked 21st and 23rd, respectively, prior to Saturday’s 1500m race.

The fourth men’s race will take place Sunday; the 10 000m event will only allow the top twelve skaters to take the start.

Nicole Garrido (Edmonton, AB), Kristina Groves (Ottawa, ON), Cindy Klassen (Winnipeg, MB) as well as Brittany Schussler (Winnipeg, MB) will take to the ice on Saturday, when the women’s 500m and 3000m events will be held. Sunday, the women will skate the 1500m and 5000m events.