Ottawa's Vincent De Haitre posts impressive 1:07.78 in 1000M race
CALGARY, AB – The action continued on Day 2 of the University of Calgary Olympic Oval’s Fall Classic. Vincent De Haitre and Ted Jan Bloemen won their respective races with De Haitre posting a 1:07.78 in the 1000M and Bloemen finishing with a 6:18.12 in the 5000M. De Haitre’s 1:07.78 is only 0.15 seconds off his personal best, a time which was the fastest 1000M time in the world last season. The 21-year old De Haitre remains one of the brightest young stars in the Canadian stable and was a 2014 Olympian in Sochi under Oval Coach Todd McClements.
Ivanie Blondin was the top Canadian in the ladies 1000M with a third place finish. Blondin was only bested by two of the best in the world, Qishi Li of China and Sang Hwa Lee of Korea who is currently training as part of Canadian Coach Kevin Crockett’s group at the Oval.
Earlier in the day 2010 & 2014 Olympian Anastasia Bucsis continued her comeback as she was the top Canadian with a second place finish in Saturday’s Ladies 500M. An Liu of China skated a 35.02 to edge out Korean Tae-Bum Mo (35.10) in the mens 500M.
Bloemen led a Canadian podium sweep in the 5000M as Jordan Belchos and Alec Janssens rounded out the top 3. The trio are all coached by National team coach Bart Schouten with Bloemen and Belchos currently skating in the Elite Pool of the Canadian team. Ottawa’s Lauren McGuire led the way in the Ladies 5000M with a time of 7:18.84.
Sunday will be the final day of Fall Classic and will include men’s and women’s races in the 500M, 1000M distances and the always exciting Mass Start races. The Mass Start is expected to mark the return of Short Track Olympic Medalist Olivier Jean to the Fastest Ice in the World. Despite finishing in third position at last weekend’s Fall World Cup Selections, Jean has elected to skip the first four Short Track World Cups of the season in order to seriously train in long track speed skating.
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