Silver for MacLennan; Dubreuil Misses Out on Bronze by A Hair

Richard MacLennan stepped onto the podium again, on Sunday, for a silver medal in the 1000m event at the World Junior Long Track Championships in Moscow. Laurent Dubreuil missed the bronze medal by the slimest of margins – only 0.004 second.

MacLennan (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) finished at 12 one-hundredths of winner Brian Hansen of the United States of America, who stopped the clock at 1:10.81. Laurent Dubreuil (Lévis, QC) skated the distance in a time of 1:10.97 – the same time as the Netherland’s Koen Verweij; in order to determine who would be awarded the bronze, officials had to go to the readings of the one-thousandths of a second.

“Richard had an excellent skate today,” began Gregor Jelonek, Team Canada’s manager at the event. “We knew he could get to the podium, and he thrived under the pressure!” he said. “Everyone is very impressed and surprised with Laurent’s results,” Jelonek continued. “He skated so very well – two fourth place finishes this weekend, and he still has two years left in the Junior World Cups; overall, it’s extremely promising.”

Gilmore Junio (Alberta) did not finish far beyond his teammates, taking seventh place. Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu (Sherbrooke, QC) - who has one year left at the Junior level – finished third in the overall rankings.

“We’re quite pleased with the past three days of competition - we’ve had three different skaters climb onto the podium,” summed Jelonek.

Team Canada’s Women - Fourth in the Pursuit

Sunday, both the men and the women took to the ice for the Team Pursuit. The Canadian Women were able to skate to a fourth place finish in the qualifying rounds – enough to give them medal hopes.

In the bronze medal final, Kaylin Irvine (AB), Brianne Tutt (Airdrie, AB) and Kali Christ (Regina, SK) skated against Team Korea. Team Canada skated the distance in 3:11.17 – 1.39 seconds after their closest rivals.

“The women had an excellent performance,” analyzed Jelonek. “We were surprised and very happy to see them in fourth place in the team pursuit. The team is still quite young, so their results today bode well for the future.”

The women’s gold medal went to the Netherlands, who out-skated Team Japan, and also set a new world record with a time of 3:08.35.

In the men’s pursuit, Team Canada took ninth place – which was not unexpected. “We knew that it would be a tough race for them,” indicated Jelonek. “Gélinas-Beaulieu had to skate six of the eight laps because it was simply too much for the others.”

Other Canadian Results

Kate Hanly (Calgary, AB) 11th in the 500m;
Kaylin Irvine (Alberta) 12th in the 500m;
Isabel Dilger (Alberta) 18th in the 500m.