Wotherspoon, Miller & Hanly win in Calgary

Wotherspoon, Miller and Hanly win at Canada Cup 4 and Oval Finale

CALGARY – Danielle Wotherspoon, Dustin Miller and Kate Hanly won their races today the Canada Cup #4 and Oval Finale long track speed skating competitions in Calgary. (results)

The women’s first 500-metre race of the week was an Alberta sweep of the podium. Wotherspoon, of Red Deer, won in a time of 38.55 seconds, followed by Canadian junior champion Kate Hanly of Calgary in 38.86 seconds. Calgary’s Kaylin Irvine was third in 38.87 seconds. There were 88 competitors from 12 countries.

In the men’s 500 metres with 166 skaters from 14 countries, Miller, of Kitchener, Ont., took top spot in a time of 34.76 seconds. Laurent Dubreuil of Lévis, Que., was second only 0.02 seconds from first place. Dubreuil, 19, was also Canadian junior overall champion and world junior 500-metre champion. William Dutton of Humbolt, Sask., was third in a time of 34.91 seconds.

The women’s 1,000 metres had 68 skaters from 11 countries. Hanly, 18, won in a time of one minute and 16.69, with Brianne Tutt of Airdrie, Alta., taking second place in a time of 1:17.54. Alberta’s Jennessa Kemp was third for Canada Cup #4 ranking, but took 15th (1:20.32) place for the Oval Finale. Denise Roth of Germany was third (1:17.63) in the 1,000 metres.

The Olympic Oval Finale and Canada Cup 4 schedule is as follows:
Thursday, March 15: Women’s first 500 and 1,000 metres; Men’s first 500 metres
Friday, March 16: Women’s second 500 and 5,000 metres; Men’s first 1,000 and 10,000 metres
Saturday, March 17: Women’s second 1,000 metres; Men’s second 500 and 1,000 metres
Sunday, March 18: Women’s 1,500 metres and mass start; Men’s 1,500 metres and mass start

The four Canada Cups are key events throughout the season used to determine national rankings for positions on the Canadian national junior and development teams.