Winter Universiade Short Track Speed Skating (Day 3 of 3): Women’s relay wins bronze

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Feb 13, 2015

GRANADA, Spain (Courtesy of Speed Skating Canada) – The Canadian women’s 3000m relay team concluded the short track speed skating competition by coming up with a bronze medal, Friday, at the 27th Winter Universiade.

The Canadian team, comprised of Joanie Gervais (Saguenay, QC), Namasthée Harris-Gauthier (Montreal, borough Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie, QC), Keri Morrison (Burlington, Ont.) and Caroline Truchon (Saguenay, QC) (alternate: Jamie MacDonald, Fort St. James, B.C.), came up with a time of four minutes, 20 seconds and 98 hundredths to finish on the podium ahead of Japan.

China (4:19.010) and South Korea (4:19.289) respectively won gold and silver.

“We knew China and Korea had strong teams, so the strategy was set so that we focus on Japan in order to finish ahead of them and get that other medal,” said Gervais. “For instance, we went into the turns from different angles because of the quality of the ice.”

“We were all excited and proud to represent Canada,” said Morrison. “Anything can happen in the relay and we had to remain focused on what Japan was doing, but mainly we just went out there wanting to skate hard and go fast.”

On the men’s side, Canada finished second in the B final.

In individual races, Yoan Gauthier (Rivière-du-Loup, QC) was the top Canadian as he won the men’s 1000m B final to finish fifth overall. Samuel Bélanger-Marceau (Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC) was third in the B final, good for seventh place.

In the women’s 1000m, Namasthée Harris-Gauthier finished third in the B final.

This week overall, the Canadian short track speed skating team picked up one medal over three days at the 2015 Winter Universiade, compared to five in 2013.

“We saw some interesting things even if we didn’t win as many medals as we had hoped for,” said Marc Gagnon, who coached the short track team along with Maggie Qi at the event. “Our results were not up to par with the level our skaters were at physically. On that front, they showed they are ready for the next level. It’s now simply a question of improving on the mental and tactical aspects, to take better decisions during races. But that’s something you can improve on quickly.”

More information is available at Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.

Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2015/index
Granada 2015 website: http://www.granada2015.org/en/

TEAM CANADA COMPLETE RESULTS (all 3 days)

FEBRUARY 13

Women’s 1000m
Heat 2
1. Caroline Truchon, Saguenay, Que., 1:33.760, advances to quarterfinals.

Heat 4
1. Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, Montreal, Que., 1:39.335, advances to quarterfinals.

Heat 7
2. Keri Morrison, Burlington, Ont., 1:34.881, advances to quarterfinals.

Quarterfinal 2
4. Caroline Truchon, Saguenay, Que., 1:35.127, does not advance, finishes 13th overall.

Quarterfinal 3
2. Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, Montreal, Que., 1:38.196, advances to semifinals.

Quarterfinal 4
3. Keri Morrison, Burlington, Ont., 1:33.653, does not advance, finishes 9th overall.

Semi-final 1
3. Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, Montreal, Que., 1:38.104, advances to B final.

B Final
Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, Montreal, Que., penalty, finishes 6th overall.

Men’s 1000m
Preliminary Heat 1
2. Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, St. Bruno de Montarville, Que., 1:28.606, advances to heats.

Preliminary Heat 3
1. Yoan Gauthier, Rivière-du-Loup, Que., 1:27.977, advances to heats.

Preliminary Heat 8
4. Pascal Dion, Montreal, Que., No Time, does not advance, finishes 34th overall.

Heat 1
2. Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, St. Bruno de Montarville, Que., 1:33.203, advances to quarterfinals.

Heat 3
2. Yoan Gauthier, Rivière-du-Loup, Que., 1:29.478, advances to quarterfinals.

Quarterfinal 1
2. Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, St. Bruno de Montarville, Que., 1:33.111, advances to semifinals.

Quarterfinal 2
2. Yoan Gauthier, Rivière-du-Loup, Que., 1:34.672, advances to semifinals.

Semi-final 1
3. Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, St. Bruno de Montarville, Que., 1:33.290, advances to B final.

Semi-final 2
4. Yoan Gauthier, Rivière-du-Loup, Que., No Time, advances to B final.

B Final
1. Yoan Gauthier, Rivière-du-Loup, Que., 1:34.704, finishes 5th overall; 3. Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, St. Bruno de Montarville, Que., 1:35.167, finishes 7th overall.

Women’s 3000m Relay
A Final
1. China, 4:19.010; 2. South Korea, 4:19.289; 3. Canada (Joanie Gervais, Saguenay, Que.; Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, Montreal, Que.; Keri Morrison, Burlington, Ont.; Caroline Truchon, Saguenay, Que.), 4:20.089.

Men’s 5000m Relay
B Final
2. Canada (Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, St. Bruno de Montarville, Que.; Cédrick Blais, Châteauguay, Que.; Yoan Gauthier, Rivière-du-Loup, Que.; William Preudhomme, Toronto, Ont.), 6:50.310, finishes 6th overall.

FEBRUARY 12

Women’s 500m
Heat 1
1. Joanie Gervais, Saguenay, Que., 45.056, advances to quarterfinals.

Heat 3
Jamie MacDonald, Fort St. James, B.C., penalty, does not advance (no final ranking).

Heat 6
2. Caroline Truchon, Saguenay, Que., 44.822, advances to quarterfinals.

Quarterfinal 1
2. Caroline Truchon, Saguenay, Que., 44.931, advances to semi-final.

Quarterfinal 2
1. Joanie Gervais, Saguenay, Que., 44.786, advances to semi-final.

Semi-final 1
2. Joanie Gervais, Saguenay, Que., 44.661, advances to A final; 3. Caroline Truchon, Saguenay, Que., 44.785, finishes 5th overall (B final cancelled).

A Final
1. Yu Tong Han, China, 43.573; 2. Hakyung Son, South Korea, 43.655; 3. Agne Sereikaite, Lithuania, 43.817; 4. Joanie Gervais, Saguenay, Que., 43.963.

Men’s 500m
Preliminary Heat 1
1. Yoan Gauthier, Rivière-du-Loup, Que., 42.595, advances to heats.

Preliminary Heat 2
2. William Preudhomme, Toronto, Ont., 42.410, advances to heats.

Preliminary Heat 4
2. Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, St. Bruno de Montarville, Que., 42.083, advances to heats.

Heat 3
William Preudhomme, Toronto, Ont., DNF, does not advance, finishes 25th overall.

Heat 4
2. Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, St. Bruno de Montarville, Que., 41.569, advances to quarterfinals.

Heat 6
4. Yoan Gauthier, Rivière-du-Loup, Que., 42.993, does not advance, finishes 19th overall.

Quarterfinal 1
4. Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, St. Bruno de Montarville, Que., 41.819, does not advance, finishes 14th overall.

Women’s 3000m Relay
Semi-final 1
2. Canada (Joanie Gervais, Saguenay, Que.; Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, Montreal, Que.; Jamie MacDonald, Fort St. James, B.C.; Caroline Truchon, Saguenay, Que.), 4 :19.564, advances to A final on Friday, February 13 at 11:22 a.m. EST (5:22 p.m. local time).

Men’s 5000m Relay
Semi-final 2
3. Canada (Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, St. Bruno de Montarville, Que.; Pascal Dion, Montreal, Que.; Yoan Gauthier, Rivière-du-Loup, Que.; William Preudhomme, Toronto, Ont.), 7:00.174, advances to B final on Friday, February 13 at 12:20 p.m. EST (6:20 p.m. local time).

FEBRUARY 11

Women’s 1500m
Heat 2
4. Jamie MacDonald, Fort St. James, B.C., 2:27.710, does not advance, finishes 18th overall.

Heat 3
2. Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, Montreal, Que., 2:56.737, advances to semifinals.

Heat 5
2. Keri Morrison, Burlington, Ont., 2:31.741, advances to semifinals.

Semifinal 1
4. Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, Montreal, Que., 2:39.753, advances to B final.

Semifinal 3
1. Keri Morrison, Burlington, Ont., 2:35.466, advances to A final.

B Final
4. Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, Montreal, Que., 2:34.657, finishes 10th overall.

A Final
1. Alang Kim, South Korea, 2:33.829; 2. Eunbyul Lee, South Korea, 2:34.168; 3. Yu Tong Han, China, 2:34.339; 4. Keri Morrison, Burlington, Ont., 2:34.360.

Men’s 1500m
Heat 2
2. Cédrik Blais, Châteauguay, Que., 2:19.550, advances to semifinals.

Heat 4
2. Pascal Dion, Montreal, Que., 2:30.296, advances to semifinals.

Heat 7
2. William Preudhomme, Toronto, Ont., 2:41.634, advances to semifinals.

Semifinal 1
6. Cédrik Blais, Châteauguay, Que., 2:27.836, does not advance, finishes 17th overall.

Semifinal 3
2. Pascal Dion, Montreal, Que., 2:31.027, advances to A final. 7. William Preudhomme, Toronto, Ont., No Time, finishes 19th overall.

A Final
4. Seyeong Park, South Korea, 2:32.511; 2. Seungsoo Han, South Korea, 2:32.798; 3. Guang Chen, China, 2:33.509; 4. Pascal Dion, Montreal, Que., 2:33.550.

Men’s 5000m Relay
Heat 2
2. Canada (Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, St. Bruno de Montarville, Que.; Cédrik Blais, Châteauguay, Que.; Yoan Gauthier, Rivière-du-Loup, Que.; William Preudhomme, Toronto, Ont.), 7:03.093, advances to semifinals on Thursday, February 12 at 11:47 a.m. EST (5:47 p.m. local time).

About the Winter Universiade

The Winter Universiade is a biennial international multi-sport event open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.

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