Tyler Derraugh Has Fun & Earns 17th Place

Long track speed skater Tyler Derraugh (Winnipeg, MB) finished in 17th place in the overall Men’s Classification in his first-ever World Sprint Championships, held in Obihiro Japan. Alberta’s Tamara Oudenaarden (St. Albert, AB) took 19th place in the final Ladies’ Classification.

South Korean skaters swept the Ladies’ and Men’s titles in the general Classifications. In Men’s racing, Kyou-Hyuk Lee is ranked first, ahead of teammate Kang-Seok Lee, and Japan’s Keiichiro Nagashima. In women’s skating, Sang-Hwa Lee took first place ahead of Japanese skater Sayuri Yoshii and Germany’s Jenny Wolf.

Derraugh, at 23 years old, skated to 13th and 24th places Sunday in the 1000m and 500m events, respectively. “Tyler comes from a short-track skating background, and he hasn’t stopped improving since he made the switch. This weekend was an excellent competition for him, above all in the 1000m distance. He had some good speed coming out of the corners, which enabled him to post solid times for that distance, so he can be really satisfied with his skating,” commented coach Robert Tremblay. “I’m sure he would have liked to have finished in the top-16, since that would have allowed him to make national team selection criteria, but aside from that, he can be very pleased with his results this weekend.”

Quebec’s Vincent Labrie finished 27th in the overall Men’s Classification. The skater earned 21st place in the 500m, but was not allowed to skate the second round of the 1000m, as it was reserved for the top-24 skaters in the classification. Matthew McLean (Winnipeg, MB) had the same restriction for the 1000m as Labrie. McLean finished 18th in round two of the 500m on Sunday, and took 36th place in the overall classification – a ranking which was affected by his fall in round one of the 500m on Saturday. William Dutton (Humboldt, SK) sits in 38th place in the Men’s classification.

A Solid Experience for Oudenaarden and Bucsis

In women’s skating, Tamara Oudenaarden finished 24th in round two of the 500m, and 20th in round two of the 1000m event, leading to a 19th place in the Ladies’ Classification. Anastasia Bucsis (Calgary, AB) achieved similar results as her teammate, finishing 20th and 23rd in the 500m and 1000m, respectively; she took 23rd in the overall rankings.

“Tamara had a really good day Saturday, possibly her best high-calibre Interrnational result, it’s very encouraging,” analysed Robert Tremblay. “Today in the 500m, she had to allow the other skater to switch lanes, which explains her slightly slower time,” explained the coach. Oudenaarden is on the Canadian Team for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Bucsis, who will also be skating the 500m event at the Richmond Oval in February, took full advantage of this weekend’s competition, estimated coach Tremblay, “She’s still young, at 20 years old she’s not expecting to win a medal at the Games, so she made the most of her experience here at the World Sprint Championships. She said she found it difficult, but overall it was a good thing for her to come to Japan, so she can bounce back for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. ”

As a result of this weekend’s results in Obihiro, Canada will be able to send two men and two women to the next Long Track World Sprint Championships in 2011.