Winter Universiade Team Canada roundup: Men’s short track 5000m relay wins silver
Men's short track speed skating team with their silver medals
ERZURUM, Turkey (CIS) – The men’s 5000-metre relay
team claimed Canada a silver medal at the 25th Winter Universiade
in Erzurum, Turkey. The medal is Canada’s third of the games
and all are from short track.
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter
2011 Winter Universiade website: http://www.erzurum2011.gov.tr/english
The foursome of Gabriel Chiasson-Poirier (UQAM) of Sherbrooke, Que., Vincent Cournoyer (Cegep Édouard-Montpetit) of Boucherville, Que., Pier-Olivier Gagnon (Cegep Rosemont) of Quebec City and Liam McFarlane University of Calgary) of Medicine Hat, Alta., finished the final race in 7:06.359.
Alternate Allyn Gagnon (UQAM) of Montreal did not skate in the final but also received a medal as he competed in previous rounds.
China (7:05.813) defended its Universiade title earned on home soil in 2009 in Harbin, while France (7:06.469) took bronze. Korea finished in fourth after falling behind when one of their skaters slipped midway through the event.
“I’m happy to get a second medal,” commented McFarlane, who claimed silver in the individual 500m on Saturday. “This was a great race and I knew as we rounded the final lap that I had to maintain control to prevent the French from moving up, instead of moving in on the Chinese.”
McFarlane was also part of the 2009 relay that captured silver on 5000m in Harbin. He did not race in the final two years ago but was the fifth member of the team.
“The big thing for me is that I didn’t race in Harbin, but this year I raced, and I finished,” he said.
“We were definitely expecting to medal, so this is very satisfying,” said Cournoyer. “It's too bad the Koreans fell and we couldn't compete with them until the end, but that's part of our sport. We expected China and Korea to be our main rivals in the final, but hats off to France, they also skated very well today.”
Canada was also competing in the women’s 3000m relay final on Sunday but finished just outside of medal range as they crossed the finish line in fourth place.
No Canadian men or women qualified for the finals of the individual 1000m
This marked the third and last day of the short track competition in Erzurum. Canadian skaters return home with three medals – all silver – the same number as in 2009.
In alpine skiing, the Canadian men impressed in the Super-G on Sunday.
Olivier Lacaille of Montreal entered the race ranked 78th and had an unforgettable performance finishing seventh overall. The University of Montreal student, like the other three Canadians in the event, used the Super-G as a warm up for events later in the week.
Just behind in eighth place was Simon Mannella, also of Montreal, while Philippe Crête Belzile of Cap-Rouge, Que., was also in the top grouping with a 12th-place finish. Both are Laval University students.
The snowboard cross event concluded with only one Canadian finishing in the top ten.
Humber College’s Pierce Smith of Caledon, Ont., qualified for the semifinals but then moved to the consolation final. He ended up sixth overall.
On the female side, Laval University’s Justine Coté of Petite-Rivière-St-François, Que., fell in the quarter-finals.
The curling competition continued Sunday with two contests for the women and one for the men.
Skip Brooklyn Lemon of Mayfield, Sask., led her University of Regina rink to a pair of victories as they defeated Poland, 9-4, and defending Universiade champion China 5-3. Canada is now 3-2 with three round-robin duels remaining.
On the men’s side, skip Jonathan Beuk of Kingston, Ont., guided his rink from Queen’s University to a 9-2 victory over the Norwegians. Canada is 2-2 at the halfway mark of the preliminary round.
In women’s hockey, Candice Styles of Orangeville, Ont., led the Canadian team with four goals as the red-and-white defeated Great Britain 14-0. Canada leads the standings at 3-0 and face the United States (1-2) on Monday at 4 a.m. ET (11 a.m. local) in its fourth of five round-robin contests.
See separate game recap for women’s hockey.
RESULTS: Sunday, January 30, 2011
Women’s Preliminary Round
Canada 2 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 2 X - 9
Poland 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 X - 4
Canada 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 X - 5
China 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 X - 3
Men’s Preliminary Round
Canada 0 2 4 1 0 1 1 X X X - 9
Norway 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 X X X – 2
Canada (3-0) defeats Great Britain (1-2) 14-0; faces United States (1-2) on Monday at 4 a.m. ET.
SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING
Men’s individual 1000m
Heat 1: 1. Chan Uk Kim, Korea, 1:29.802, 3. Gabriel Chiasson-Poirier, Sherbrooke, Que., 1:29.982, qualified as fastest third place skater.
Heat 2: 1. Yoshiaki Oguro, Japan, 1:30.300; 3. Allyn Gagnon, Montreal, Que., 1:30.368, qualified as fastest third place skater.
Heat 3: 1. Tae Hoon Kim, Korea, 1:27.046; 3. Liam McFarlane, Medicine Hat, Alta., 1:27.421, qualified as fastest third place skater.
Quarter-final 2: Seoung II Kim, Korea, 1:28.009; Gabriel
Chiasson-Poirier, Sherbrooke, Que., 1:28.123, qualified.
Quarter-final 3: Baoku Sui, China, 1:28.728; 2. Liam McFarlane, Medicine Hat, Alta., 1:28.867, qualified.
Quarter-final 4: Peng Xu, China, 1:27.498; 3. Allyn Gagnon, Montreal, Que., 1:28.224, did not advance.
Semifinal 1: 1. Seoung II Kim, Korea, 1:26.202; 3. Liam McFarlane, Medicine Hat, Alta., 1:28.470, did not advance.
Semifinal 2: 1. Tae Hoon Kim, Korea, 1:27.155, 3. Gabriel Chaisson-Poirier, Sherbrooke, Que., 1:27.556, did not advance.
Women’s individual 1000m
Heat 2: 1. Eun Byul Lee, Korea, 1:33.754; 4. Kristy Shoebridge, Calgary, Alta., penalty, did not advance.
Heat 3: 1. Ba Ra Jung, Korea, 1:34.181; 3. Valérie Lambert, Montreal, Que., 1:34.918, qualified as fastest third place skater.
Heat 4. 1. Sabrina Bourgela, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., 1:35.981, qualified.
Quarter-final 3: 1. Ba Ra Jung, Korea, 1:34.189; 3. Valérie Lambert, Montreal, Que., 1:36.570, did not advance.
Quarter-final 4: 1. Ji Soo Jeon, Korea, 1:43.498; 2. Sabrina
Bourgela, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., 1:48.684, qualified.
Semifinal 1: 1. Eun Byul Lee, Korea, 1:33.609; 5. Sabrina Bourgela, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., 2:07.388, did not advance.
Women’s 3000m Relay
1. Korea, 4:18.097; 2. China, 4:19.136; 3. Hungry, 4:19.529; 4. Canada (Sabrina Bourgela, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que.; Andréa Do-Duc, Montreal, Que.; Valérie Lambert, Montreal, Que.; Gabrielle Waddell, Red Deer, Alta.; Alternate: Kristy Shoebridge, Calgary, Alta.), 4:22.726.
Men’s 5000m Relay
1. China, 7:05.813; 2. Canada (Gabriel Chiasson-Poirier, Sherbrooke, Que.; Vincent Cournoyer, Boucherville, Que.; Pier-Olivier Gagnon, Quebec City, Que.; Liam McFarlane, Medicine Hat, Alta.; Alternate : Allyn Gagnon, Montreal, Que.), 7:06.359; 3. France, 7:06.469.
Round of 32: Rob Ritchie, Calgary, qualified; Taylor Ronsky, Calgary, qualified; Pierce Smith, Caledon, Ont., qualified.
Quarterfinals: Pierce Smith, Caledon, Ont., qualified; Rob Ritchie, Calgary, did not advance; Taylor Ronsky, Calgary, did not advance.
Semifinals : Pierce Smith, Caledon, Ont., advanced to B final.
B Final: Pierce Smith, Caledon, Ont., finished 6th overall.
Quarterfinals: Justine Coté, Petite-Rivière-St-François, Que., did not advance.