Canadian skaters dominated the first day of finals at the International Skating Union (ISU) Short Track Speed Skating World Cup as they claimed three of the four individual golds on offer in Dresden.
Marianne St-Gelais, who posted the fastest time in 500 metres qualifying yesterday, stormed to victory over the 1,000m distance in the EnergieVerbund Arena.
She clocked a time of 1min 29.496sec in the final to fend off the challenge of the Netherlands’ Suzanne Schulting, who was 0.2 off the pace as the runner-up.
The podium would be completed by another Canadian skater, with Valerie Maltais rounding off the top three in 1:29.727.
St-Gelais’ triumphed had come soon after success for her compatriot Kim Boutin over the 1,500m distance, with the skater winning an individual World Cup event for the first time in her career.
The 22-year-old pulled away from her rivals to secure victory in a time of 2:27.580.
Rianne de Vries of the Netherlands and Britain’s Charlotte Gilmartin finished in 2:28.173 and 2:28.187 respectively to complete the podium.
The hat-trick of Canadian victories came in the men’s 1,500m, with Charles Hamelin crossing the line in a time of 2:10.313.
South Korea's Hong Kyung Hwan would have to settle for second in 2:10.498, while Russia’s Alexander Shulginov was nearly three seconds adrift to finish third.
There would be no Canadian representation in the 1,000m, with France’s Thibaut Fauconnet emerging as the victor in 1:24.722.
South Korea’s Hwang Dae Heon held on to end as the runner-up in 1:25.321, edging out yesterday’s fastest qualifier John Celski of the United States.
The relay events would both go in favour of the Dutch teams, who produced impressive performances in the German venue.
Their men’s 5,000m team would triumph in a time of 6:40.949, ending eight seconds clear of second placed Hungary.
Russia would take the bronze medal, clocking 6:49.264.
The Dutch 3,000m team would win the women’s competition in 4:08.778, with Canada finishing as the runners-up in a time of 4:11.557.
Japan rounded off the podium positions, ending in 4:16.349.
The World Cup in Dresden will draw to a close tomorrow.