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Louis Daignault

(ISN) – SALT LAKE CITY – Three-time Olympic medallist Marianne St-Gelais of St-Félicien, Que., posted the fastest time of the day in the first 1000-m and the second fastest in the 500-m in Friday’s preliminaries and heats to open the 2014-15 Short Track ISU World Cup season in short track speed skating.

St-Gelais easily advanced the quarterfinals in both events.

It was also a big day for national team rookies Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, Que., and Samuel Girard of Ferland-et-Boileau, Que. Both made impressive World Cup debuts.

Boutin clocked the second fastest time of the day in the women’s 1500-m heats to go through to Saturday’s semifinal and the fourth fastest in the second 1000-m for a berth in Sunday’s quarterfinals.

Girard is in the men’s 500-m quarterfinals and 1500-m repechage after racing to the third and fourth fastest times of the day in those events.

”It’s going really well,” said Girard. ”I had good starting positions although at the beginning I was pretty stressed. I’m disappointed with my 1500 because I made the same error as at the world juniors last year. I was too nervous and attempted passes that were impossible. In the 500 though I felt good and I had very good speed.”

Three other Olympians were also in action Friday. Three-time Olympic champion Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., and Guillaume Bastille of Rivière-du-Loup, Que., advanced to the 1500-m semis and the second 1000-m quarterfinals as did Valérie Maltais of Saguenay, Que., on the women’s side.

Canada also advanced to the semifinals in both the men’s 5000-m relay and women’s 3000-m relay winning its respective heats.

Competition continues through to Sunday.

Today’s Canadian results

1000m (1) women
Marianne St-Gelais : in quarterfinals Saturday
Kasandra Bradette : in quarterfinals Saturday
Courtney Shmyr : in repechage Saturday

1000m (1) men
Patrick Duffy : in quarterfinals Saturday
Samuel Bélanger-Marceau : in repechage Saturday
Yoan Gauthier : in repechage Saturday

1500m women
Valérie Maltais : in semifinal Saturday
Kim Boutin : in semifinal Saturday
Joanie Gervais : disqualified

1500m men
Charles Hamelin : in semifinal Saturday
Guillaume Bastille : in semifinal Saturday
Samuel Girard : in repechage Saturday

1000m (2) women
Kim Boutin : in quarterfinals Sunday
Joanie Gervais : in quarterfinals Sunday
Valérie Maltais : in quarterfinals Sunday

1000m (2) men
Guillaume Bastille : in quarterfinals Sunday
Yoan Gauthier : disqualified
Charles Hamelin :in quarterfinals Sunday

500m women
Marianne St-Gelais : in quarterfinals Sunday
Courtney Shmyr : in quarterfinals Sunday
Kasandra Bradette : disqualified

500m men
Samuel Girard : in quarterfinals Sunday
Samuel Bélanger-Marceau : in repechage Sunday
Patrick Duffy : disqualified

3000m relay women
Canada advances to semifinals Saturday

5000m relay men
Canada advances to semifinals Saturday