Top 20 finishes at World Junior Long Track Championships

Kate Hanly, Josie Spence and Vincent de Haître earn top 20 finishes at World Junior Long Track Championships

- Kate Hanly, Josie Spence and Vincent de Haître earned top 20 finishes in the 500- and 1,500-metre races at the World Junior Long Track Speed Skating Championships in Collalbo, Italy. Today’s races featured the men’s and women’s first 500 metres, the women’s 1,500 and men’s 3,000 metres.

Saturday’s races will include the men’s second 500 metres, the 1,500 and 5,000 metres, and the women’s 1,000- and 3,000-metre distances. Live web streaming is available at

In the women’s 500 metres, Calgary’s Kate Hanly took 19th spot in 41.59 seconds. Josie Spence, of Kamloops, B.C., was 26th in 41.86 seconds, Noémie Fiset of Quebec City was 29th in 41.91 and Maddison Pearman, of Ponoka, Alta., was 34th was 42.40. Miho Takagi of Japan earned her first of two gold medals on the day winning in a time of 39.88 seconds. Hyun-Yung Kim of Korea was second in 39.89 and Vanessa Bittner of Austria was third in 40.15 seconds.

In the 1,500 metres, Spence took 17th place in a time of 2:09.42. Fiset came in at 27th in 2:13.71 and Pearman was 30th in 2:14.66. Hanly had to withdraw from the race because of illness. The gold medal went to Takagi in 2:01.56. Swiss skater Kaitlyn McGregor took the silver medal in 2:02.06 and Antoinette de Jong of the Netherlands held onto the bronze medal in 2:02.80.

In the men’s 500 metres, Vincent de Haître, of Cumberland, Ont., was 14th in a time of 36.94 seconds. Daniel Dubreuil, of Lévis, Que., ranked 31st in 37.75 seconds and Benjamin Donnelly, of Oshawa Ont., was 53rd in 39.51. Tsubasa Hasegawa of Japan earned the gold in 35.76. Korean teammates Joon Hong Im (35.89) and Jun-Ho Kim (36.35) had the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Dubreuil was the top Canadian in the men’s 3,000 metres taking 22nd place in a time of 4:04.40. Donnelly was 23rd in 4:04.72 and de Haître took 24th spot in 4:05.26. Andrea Giovannini of Italy won gold in a time of 3:52.84, followed by Jeong-Su Seo of Korea in second place (3:52.87) and American Emery Lehman for the bronze (3:53.94).

Cooper Hunter, of De Winton, Alta., has withdrawn from the championships after suffering an injury from a fall Thursday.