Miller, Riopel & Hanly top skaters at Canada Cup 4 & Oval Finale

Miller, Riopel and Hanly top skaters at Canada Cup 4 and Oval Finale

– Dustin Miller, Philippe Riopel and Kate Hanly won again today at the Oval Finale and Canada Cup #4 long track speed skating competition in Calgary.

Miller, of Kitchener, Ont., won his second gold medal in 500 metres this week in a time of 35.05 seconds. He was also the fastest skater on Thursday, setting a personal best time of 34.76 seconds. Winnipeg’s Tyler Derraugh claimed today’s silver medal in 35.09 seconds. Riopel, of Lachenaie, Que., skated to third place in 35.19 seconds. Derraugh and Riopel also set personal best times today.

In the men’s 1,000 metres, all three skaters set personal best times. Riopel and Miller returned to the podium taking the gold and bronze medals, respectively. Riopel won in a time of one minute and 8.26 seconds, shaving 0.01 seconds off his personal record. Miller won his fourth medal of the week with a bronze (1:08.78). Richard MacLennan of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., earned the silver medal in 1:08.76. In yesterday’s 1,000 metres, Riopel also won gold, but it was Miller in second and MacLennan in third place.

Calgary’s Hanly collected her fourth medal of the week, winning the 1,000 metres in a personal best one minute and 16.30 seconds. Tamara Oudenaarden of St. Albert, Alta., took the silver medal in 1:17.38. Japan’s Natsumi Takayama had the bronze medal (1:18.42) for the Oval Finale, and Alberta’s Anna Ringsred was sixth overall (1:18.71) and third for Canada Cup #4.

The Olympic Oval Finale and Canada Cup 4 wraps-up on Sunday with the men’s and women’s 1,500 metres and mass start.