Lucas Makowsky Wins Bronze at World Single Distance Championships

Lucas Makowsky (Regina, SK) kicked off the World Single Distance Championships in great fashion for Team Canada, when he captured the bronze medal of today’s 1500m event. This is a first career individual World Championship medal for Makowsky, who had previously won a World Cup silver medal in the same distance.

“This is by far my best 1500m of the year,” said Makowsky during a teleconference after his racing day. “The last two weeks, I have been very focused, I really wanted to tune into what I needed to do technically and tactically, upping my intensity and focus as days went by. Today was just a pure execution of what I wanted to do. This is my fastest time in Europe, and I’m very happy with it!”

Makowsky was racing in the seventh pair out of twelve. While his time of 1:45.22

Lucas Makowsky on the 1500m podium at World Single Distance Championships; Photo: Sean Ireland
placed him 0.7 seconds ahead of the next best skater at that point, he had to watch the next five pairs go, hoping his time would remain on top of the board. In the end, the two skaters in the last pair were the only ones able to do better. Havard Bokko of Norway became the new World Champion in the distance when he crossed the finish line in 1:45.04, and Shani Davis of the United States, the former World Champion, had to settle for silver (1:45.09).

“This is my first World Championships podium, my second international podium overall in an individual distance,” completed Makowsky. “I’m very pleased with it, and it’s a great confidence booster for the races to come this weekend as well as the future.”

Lucas Makowsky wasn’t the only one with a good race today, as all three skaters representing Canada in the 1500m finished in the top-8. Denny Morrison (Fort St. John, BC) was 6th with a time of 1:45.66 and Mathieu Giroux (Pointe-aux-Trembles, QC) was 8th in 1:45.92. All three will team up to race Sunday’s Team Pursuit, where they have high hopes after winning the Olympic Gold medal last year and having raced strong 1500m today.

On the women side, three Canadian skaters were in action for the 3000m. The race was won by the Netherland’s Ireen Wust in 4:01.56, while Martina Sablikova of Czech Republic won silver (4:02.07) and Germany’s Stephanie Beckert won the bronze medal in 4:04.28. The top Canadian was Cindy Klassen in 9th place (4:09.46). Teammates Brittany Schussler and Ivanie Blondin finished 13th and 14th, with respective times of 4:13.90 and 4:14.55.

Action resumes tomorrow in Inzell, as the women will race the 1500m while the men will be in action in the 1000m and 5000m.