Marie-Andrée Mendes-Campeau & Vincent Cournoyer are Canadian Champions in the 1500m

While Canada’s short track speed skating Olympians are in Sofia, Bulgaria, for the World Championships, their teammates and the rest of the best skaters in the country are taking part in the Canadian Championships in Montreal.

While the Olympians are guaranteed a place on the 2010-11 National Team, the rest of the skaters need good performances this weekend, as the points they earn here will be added to those they received at the first National Team Selection Competition in Calgary last December in order to determine who will complete the National Team and make the Development Team.

Today, Marie-Andrée Mendes-Campeau (Montréal, QC) finished on top of the podium in the 1500m. Mendes-Campeau won the final in 2:30.423, closely followed by Jessica Hewitt (Kamloops, QC) in 2:30.435. Ottawa’s Ivanie Blondin won the bronze medal in 2:30.543, just 0.1 second ahead of Marie-Ève Drolet (Laterrière, QC). Anne Maltais (Québec, QC) and Nita Avrith (Montréal, QC) respectively took fifth and sixth place.

On the men side, Vincent Cournoyer (Boucherville, QC) became Canadian Champion by winning the final in 2:18.532. He was followed on the line by Guillaume Blais-Dufour (Québec, QC) in 2:18.727 while Alma’s Rémi Beaulieu took the bronze (2:19.895). Dustin Miller (Kitchener, ON), Maxime Fortin (Rivière-du-Loup, QC) and Gabriel Chiasson-Poirier (Montréal, QC) were also in the final, finishing in that order for 4th, 5th and 6th place.

Tomorrow, skaters will race for the 500m titles on both the men and women side.