Kalyna Roberge completes golden sweep at short track speed skating team trials

Kalyna Roberge of Ste-Etienne-de-Lauzon, Que., completed a golden sweep at the Canadian short track speed skating team trials with a victory in the women’s 1,000 metre while Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., took first place overall in men’s competition.

Roberge, also the 500 and 1,500-metre race winner this weekend, clocked 1:38.760 in Sunday’s 1,000 final. Amanda Overland of Montreal was second in 1:38.900 and Annik Plamondon of Longueuil, Que., third in 1:38.920.

"This weekend I was well prepared and able to perform," said Roberge, 20, who helped Canada to silver in the relay at the Olympics.

The trials determined which speed skaters will represent Canada at the next two World Cup races, set for December 1-3 in Saguenay and December 8-10 in Montreal. The top three men and top three women over the three distances at the trials automatically qualified for the Canadian team, with three more spots determined by the selection committee.

In the women’s overall standings, Roberge placed first with Overland second and Ivanie Blondin of Orleans, Ont., a national developmental team member, a stunning third. Blondin was fourth in the 1,000 and also third in the 1,500 on Friday.

"I knew I had the potential to be among the top-five," said Blondin, 16, who also pockets a berth on the world junior team with her performance. "I just felt very confident."

In the men’s 1,000, Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que., was the winner in 1:27.65 with François-Louis Tremblay of Montreal second in 1:27.720 and Jean-François Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., third in 2:00.014. Hamelin reached the final but was disqualified for interference

Hamelin finished first overall on the strength of victories in the 500 and 1,500 metres. Tremblay and Jean were second and third respectively.

"I was bit less stressed today after my two wins," said Hamelin. "Unfortunately I made an error in the 1,000. But still I’m satisfied with my weekend. I gained a lot of confidence here, I was somewhat worried coming in whether I’d be able to do well."