Thrills & spills at the Conematic Heating Short Track Invitational

The Conematic Heating Short Track Invitational is an annual event known for its exciting speed and strategy, and once again, it is living up to its reputation. The action continued at the Olympic Oval with the 500m races on Day Two of the competition. There was plenty of fast action and a few crashes into the safety mats and fortunately no one was seriously injured.

On the women’s side, China’s Tianyu Fu was the fastest with a time of 44.657. She also captured the third fastest time of the day during the afternoon races with a time of 44.900. Teammate Meng Wang skated a 44.855 to finish with the second fastest time. Canadian National Team skater Amanda Overland finished second in both of her heats today and skated the seventh fastest time of the day during the afternoon.

During the morning races, there was an exciting heat with 2002 double Olympic medallist Apolo Ohno (USA), Yeran Liu (CHN), World Record Holder in the 1000m, 1500m, and 3000m Steve Robillard (CAN), and Canadian National Development and Oval Program member Daryl Rasmussen. It was a close race in which Rasmussen skated the third fastest time (41.763), and Ohno captured the second fastest time of the day (41.743). In the afternoon races, Robillard, Rasmussen, and three-time Olympic medallist Jiajun Li shared the ice with Ohno, who skated the fastest time of the day and was close to the World Record with a 41.518.

This weekend’s competition is a tune-up for the Conematic Heating ISU World Cup Short Track, Calgary held October 17, 18 & 19 at the Olympic Oval. The Canadian showed strong today, so fans are certain to see more ‘fast and fearless’ action!

Come out and see some of the world’s best short track speed skaters.
The Conematic Heating Invitational wraps up on Sunday with the 1000m and 3000m events. Races begin at 9:00a.m.

For further information contact:
Anne Reeves
Communications Specialist