MacLennan & Gelinas-Beaulieu on the Podium in Moscow

Team Canada continued its solid skating on Day 2 of the World Junior Long Track Speed Skating Championships in Moscow. Richard MacLennan and Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu were both able to grab spots on the podium today.

MacLennan (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) recorded a time of 35.84 in the 500m event – placing him in second place overall in sprint-distance racing prior to the 1000m heats. He then went on to finish at only 11 one-hundredths of a second from the eventual winner, Polish skater Artur Nogal.

Though MacLennan was third in round one of the 500m heats on Friday, the Ontario native certainly skated faster today. “His second place today (Saturday) isn’t really a surprise, we were expecting that kind of skate from him,” commented Gregor Jelonek, Team Canada’s manager for the competition.

Laurent Dubreuil (Lévis, QC) came extremely close to a podium finish himself – at only 7 one-hundredths of a second from a bronze-worthy performance – but he had to settle for fourth in the 500m event. Gilmore Junio (Alberta) did not complete the race.

In his last year as a Junior, MacLennan has already skated in Senior World Cups this season. “We know he’s capable of making it to the top step of the podium here. Tomorrow, (Sunday) we’re hoping to see him really skate his best,” indicated Jelonek.

Dubreuil, at only 17 years old, is currently ranked in fourth in the sprint-distance events.

Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu (Sherbrooke, QC) finished third in both the 1500m and 5000m events. “Each year you never know what the calibre will be for the World Juniors. This year, the competition is high – Antoine’s performances thus far are exceptional!” enthused Jelonek. Gélinas-Beaulieu is currently third in the overall rankings; Friday, he skated to a 15th place in the 500m and to 6th in the 3000m event.

“He’s been skating well even if he’s not feeling that great – he was sick last week at the Junior World Cup in Berlin. Despite that, he’s posting personal best times this weekend,” concluded Team Canada’s manager.

Sunday, the third and final day of the World Junior Championships will see the women skating the 500m event and the men taking to the ice for the 1000m event; team pursuits will also take place.
Other Canadian Results

Richard MacLennan (Ontario) 10th in the 1500m;
Kaylin Irvine (Alberta) 12th in the 1000m and 23rd in the 3000m;
Brianne Tutt (Alberta) 13th in the 3000m and 25th in the 1000m;
Kali Christ (Saskatchewan) 16th in the 1000m and 19th in the 3000m;
Kate Hanly (Alberta) 20th in the 1000m;
Martin Corbett (Ontario) 25th in the 5000m and 35th in the 1500m;
Laurent Dubreuil (Quebec) 31th in the 1500m