Saskatchewan skaters shine at Canada Cup

Saskatchewan’s Dustin Johnston posted an impressive win in the Men’s 5000-metre event, racing in Olympic Trials Standard time on the final day of the Canada Post Cup #3 at Calgary’s Olympic Oval.

Clearly ahead of the pack, Johnston finished the distance in six minutes and 37.61 seconds. Mark Jesney and Neal Zaluski, also from Saskatchewan, finished second (6.42.66) and third (6.43.63).

Saskatchewan’s Kerry Simpson, member of the Canada’s National Team, dominated the women’s races, taking home first place in both the 500 and 1000-metre events. Earlier in the competition, Simpson also won the 500 and 1500 metre races. She raced within the Olympic Trials Standard time in the 1000 metre with a time of 1.17.08.

Fast ice conditions at the Oval brought some impressive results in the men’s 1000 metre with the top seven men all meeting the Olympic Trials Standard time of 1.11.13. A first place finish of 1.10.27 by Francois-Olivier Roberge (QC) was followed by Jay Morrison (BC), Cailean Duggan (ON), Phillippe Marois (QC), Ian Houghton (BC), Sterling Sobczak (MB) and Jean-Rene Belanger (QC).

Alberta’s Sarah Smith and Danielle Wotherspoon finished second and third in the Ladies’ 500-metre sprint. Simpson raced in 39.12 seconds, Smith in 39.44 and Wotherspoon in 39.91. In the 1000 metres, Wothersppon finished in 1.18.96 to take second place. Third place was captured by Ontario’s Tiffany Hughes with a one minute and 20.13 second race.

The Canada Post Cup #3 is the final national ranking for Canadian speed skaters, determining placement for development and national teams leading into next year’s Olympic season.

The competitive season wraps up next week with the final speed skating event of the year, the Olympic Oval Finale, running from March 9-13. Admission is free.

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Yvonne Turgeon

Olympic Oval Communications

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