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Donnelly Sets New Canadian Jr. Record to Headline Fall Classic Day 1 Highlights

Submitted by ryan.ohashi on Fri, 09/25/2015 - 4:20pm

2015 Canadian Junior Champion breaks decade old Canadian Junior record
CALGARY, AB – The University of Calgary Olympic Oval’s Fall Classic had a record breaking Day 1 as Ben Donnelly set a new Canadian Junior record with a 3:45.45 in the 3000M men’s event.  Donnelly’s performance eclipsed the previous junior record of 3:45.98 held by Olympic Medalist Justin Warsylewicz for the past decade.  The native of Oshawa, ON is coached by Oval coach Todd McClements and last season captured the 2015 Canadian Junior title in Quebec City, QC.  Canadian Ivanie Blondin was narrowly edged out for first place in the 3000M ladies race by China’s Hao Jiachen.

Earlier in the day it was a Canadian sweep of the 500M races as Olympian Anastasia Bucsis and Canadian Development team member Jacob Graham placed first in Friday’s Ladies and Mens events.  Korean Lee Seung-Hoon won the 1500M event with a 1:45.51 and Qishi Li of China took the 1500M ladies race with a time of 1:56.81.  

Kali Christ was the top Canadian in the ladies 1500M with a second place finish.  Christ will be participating the 1000M ladies race on Day 2 of Fall Classic, while Canadian rising star Vincent De Haitre and Calgary’s own Gilmore Junio are also expected to race.

Day 2 will include men’s and women’s races in the 500M, 1000M and 5000M distances.  Some of the other skaters to watch include Korean stars Mo Tae-Bum; the 2010 Olympic Champion and two-time World Single Distance Champion (2012, 2013) in the 500M and Sang Hwa Lee the 2010 & 2014 Olympic Champion and two-time World Single Distance Champion (2012, 2013) in the 500M.  Tae-Bum is expected to race in the 500M while Lee is expected to race in the 1000M event.  Fall Classic will then wrap up on Sunday with 500M, 1000M and the always exciting Mass Start races.

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