Weidemann, Dubreuil repeat as Canadian Junior Long Track Champions

Headline nominees for Canada’s 2014 world junior team at Bjugn, Norway in March

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Isabelle Weidemann of Ottawa and Daniel Dubreuil of Lévis, Que., have repeated as Canadian Junior Long Track Speed Skating Champions. The pair won the overall titles at the Canadian championships Jan. 24-25 at the outdoor Clarence Downey Oval in Saskatoon.

Weidemann and Dubreuil headline the list of nominees for the team expected to represent Canada at the World Juniors in Bjugn, Norway March 14-16. It is expected that Speed Skating Canada will also add one female and one male sprinter to the squad and announce the final roster as early as Monday.

Other female medalists in Saskatoon were Juliette Wheler of Saskatoon, silver, and Noemie Fiset of Quebec City, bronze. Ben Donnelly of Oshawa won the junior men’s silver followed by Alexandre Dery, also of Quebec City.

For the women the all-round title comes from a cumulative point total from the first 500m race, 1000m, 1500m, and 3000m, while for the men it’s the first 500m race, 1000m, 1500m, and 5000m.

Weidemann won with 176.72 points, followed by Wheler’s 177.92 and Fiset’s 179.15. Weidemann set the 3000m track record in ice-cold conditions on Saturday with a 4:35.02. She was also second in both the 1000m and 1500m.

Dubreuil accumulated 167.48 points, followed by Donnelly’s 168.77 and Dery’s 169.77. Dubreuil won the 1500m, the 3000m and was second behind Donnelly in the 5000m.

Weidemann did not attend the World Junior Championships in 2013 in Collalbo, Italy. Dubreuil did and was 14th overall. His older brother Laurent is the current world junior men’s 500m record holder.

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