Cana­dian St-Ge­lais wins World Cup gold

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

Cana­dian speed­skater Marianne St-Ge­lais capped her week­end at a short-track World Cup event with two medals on Sun­day, in­clud­ing gold in the women’s 500-me­tre fi­nal.

St-Ge­lais of Saint-Feli­cien, Que., who also won gold in the women’s 1,000 on Satur­day, led Sun­day’s 500-me­tre race from start to fin­ish, cross­ing the line in 42.963 sec­onds.

Ye Jin Kim of South Korea was sec­ond while Jamie Mac­don­ald of Fort St. James, B.C., placed third. Kas­san­dra Bradette, also of Saint-Feli­cien, was fourth.

St-Ge­lais earned her sec­ond medal of the day by help­ing Canada’s 3,000-me­tre re­lay team to bronze. The Dutch led from start to fin­ish for gold and Italy took sil­ver.

“I’m sat­is­fied with how my week­end went,” St-Ge­lais said. “To­day, I had a great 500. I thought a lot about the tech­ni­cal points that will help me keep my po­si­tion and keep my fo­cus level up, so that I can keep go­ing though round af­ter round. I was able to main­tain a very high level of con­cen­tra­tion in both events this week­end, tech­ni­cally and tac­ti­cally, and it paid off.”

“I’m con­fi­dent look­ing to­wards the World Cham­pi­onships, but I re­al­ize that some of the top skaters weren’t here this week­end. Still, in terms of my tech­ni­cal points, this week­end’s re­sults have boosted my con­fi­dence level.”

In the women’s 1,500, Va­lerie Mal­tais of Sague­nay, Que., won bronze — her sec­ond in as many days — while Kim Boutin of Sher­brooke, Que., placed fifth in a race won by Suzanne Schult­ing of the Nether­lands. Mal­tais also won bronze in Satur­day’s 1,000.

Charles Hamelin of Sain­teJulie, Que., who won gold Satur­day in the men’s 1,500, fin­ished fourth in the 500.

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