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Speed/Short Track Skating - 01. November 2011.

Korean Air ISU World Cup Short Track

 The world’s short track speed skaters were back on the ice this weekend for the second round of the 2011-12 Korean Air ISU World Cup Short Track circuit at the George Vezina Centre, in Saguenay, Canada. The world cup circuit last stopped in Saguenay five years ago.

 

 

 

22 countries participated in the action this weekend, with the United States noticeably absent. The team from Canada took advantage of skating on home ice, and earned a total of 11 medals. Korea took a total of 6 medals, while both China and Italy each earned 4 medals. Japan and Russia earned 2 medals each, and Great Britain earned one medal.   

 

 

 

This weekend, the skaters competed over the 500m distance twice. The first ladies 500m Final was won by Canadian skater Marianne St-Gelais, while the second final was won by Italian skater Arianna Fontana. Second and third place finishers were the same in both races: Martina Valcepina (Italy) finished second, while Qiuhong Liu of China was third. The double podium result by Valcepina allows her to take the lead for this distance in the World Cup rankings.

 

  

 

In the ladies 1500m Final, Fontana took her second win of the weekend, finishing ahead of a Korean duo. Eun-Byul Lee was second, while teammate Ha-Ri Cho was third.  With the absence of World Cup leader Reutter (USA), Lee’s second place finish this weekend allows her to take the lead in the World Cup ranking for this distance. On the men’s side, Jinkyu Noh of Korea took the win, allowing him to maintain his lead in the World Cup ranking for this distance. Second place finisher was Yoon-Gy Kwak of Korea, and third place finisher was Yuzo Takamido of Japan.  

 

 

 

Cheered on by the local fans, the ladies and  1000m events allowed the Canadian skaters to shine. In the ladies final, Marianne St-Gelais took her second win of the weekend, with second place finish going  to Elise Christie of Great Britain. Yui Sakai (Japan) and Yoon-Gy Kwak (Korea) lead the World Cup standings in both the ladies and men’s rankings respectively.    

 

 

 

The weekend concluded with the Relay events. For a consecutive weekend, the ladies 3000m Relay Final was won by China. Canada finished second, while Japan earned a third place finish. In the men’s 5000m relay event, the team from Korea took the win, ahead of Russia, who had a strong team performance in the event. Canada finished in third place.  

 

 

 

The Korea Air ISU World Cup Short Track circuit takes a break for a few weeks, and resumes in early December in Nagoya, Japan, on December 2-4, 2011.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Korean Air ISU World Cup Short Track–Saguenay (CAN)

 

Top 3 Results by Category

 

 

 

Ladies 500m (1)

 

 

 

Name

 

Nation

 

 

 

Time

 

1

 

ST-GELIAS, Marianne

 

CAN

 

44.246

 

2

 

VALCEPINA, Martina

 

ITA

 

44.511

 

3

 

QIUHONG, Liu

 

CHN

 

44.548

 

  

 

Ladies 500m (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time

 

1

 

FONTANA, Arianna

 

ITA

 

44.279

 

2

 

VALCEPINA, Martina

 

ITA

 

44.353

 

3

 

QIUHONG, Liu

 

CHN

 

44.419

 

 

 

 

Ladies 1000m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time

 

1

 

ST-GELIAS, Marianne

 

CAN

 

1:30.710

 

2

 

CHRISTIE, Elise

 

GBR

 

1:30.900

 

3

 

CHO, Ha-Ri

 

KOR

 

1:30.908

 

  

 

Ladies 1500m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time

 

1

 

FONTANA, Arianna

 

ITA

 

2:27.806

 

2

 

LEE, Eun-Byul

 

KOR

 

2:28.896

 

3

 

CHO, Ha-Ri

 

KOR

 

2:28.932

 

 Ladies Relay

 

 

 

 

 

Time

 

1

 

CHINA

 

4:13.559

 

2

 

CANADA

 

4:13.728

 

3

 

JAPAN

 

4:16.886

 

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