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23 février 2019

Canada Games: Team Quebec dominates the short track competitions

Quebec skaters were very strong in the short track speed skating events of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta.

By Jackob Savard

During this five-day competition, every skater competed on 500m, 1000m, 1500m and 3000m points race. They also battled in the team relay event.

Team Quebec at the top
The men’s team from Quebec won every gold medals and eleven medals out of the thirteen available. William Dandjinou and Nicolas Perreault both won three gold medals and two silver medals in five events. Dandjinou established a new Canada Winter Games record on 500m. Their teammate Manuel Falardeau will come back home with two individual bronze medals and a gold in the relay. Falardeau smashed the Canada Games record on 1500m with a time of 2:12.920. A performance that almost got him a new Canadian junior record who's been stuck at 2:12.702 since 2005. Will Falardeau try to beat this record at the Canadian national selections in a couple of weeks in Calgary?

It was a similar situation in the ladies’ competition as Quebec’s girls won ten out of thirteen medals including three of the five gold medals up for grab. Juliette Brindamour collected a medal in every distances. She got three gold medals, a silver and a bronze. Roxanne Beaudry, Kélian Quevillon and Léa Chamberland-Dostie all won at least one individual medal and participated in Team Quebec’s victory in the ladies’ relay.

Other provinces on the podiums
Albertan skaters offered great performances at home. Matej Pederson and Brendan Yamada both won an individual bronze medal and led their team to relay silver. Yamada finished in the top 5 on every distances. Their teammate Mathias Bathe had a great 1000m and finished fifth. Hee Won Son took gold and led her team to relay silver in the ladies’ competition.

Ontario’s Claudia Heeney, recently a World junior championship medalist, continued her great season collecting a silver medal on 500m and the gold medal in the 3000m points race.

The men’s team from New-Brunswick  took bronze in the men’s relay while it was British Columbia who took bronze in the ladies’ relay.

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