Maltais set world record in 1,000 metres

Valerie Maltais set world record in 1,000 metres at Samsung ISU Short Track World Cup in Calgary

CALGARY – On the first day today of the Samsung ISU World Cup (results web site) at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, Canadian Valerie Maltais set a world record in the 1,000 metres in winning her qualification heat in a time of one minute and 27.653 seconds. The native of La Baie, Que., took 1.396 seconds off the previous mark of one minute and 29.049 seconds set by Chinese skater Zhou Yang during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics (Feb. 26, 2010). (Photo: Dave Holland Photography)

"I knew that I was able to get a world record because I did it during the Canadian Fall World Cup selections in Calgary (in September)," said Maltais. "When started my race I just told my coach (Frédéric Blackburn) I was going to go fast during the race, but I didn't say I was trying to break the record. The first round is the time to do it because after it's more strategic to make sure to secure our position."

Skating in her career 14th World Cup, Maltais also won her preliminary round race in a time of one minute and 29.162 seconds. She will now move on to the 1,000-metre semifinals on Saturday.

Today's qualification rounds include two 1,000-metre races, the 1,500 metres, the 500 metres and relays. Saturday’s races will see the 1,500-metre race, the first of two 1,000-metre competitions and the men and women’s relay semi-finals. On Sunday, there will be the 500-metre and second 1,000-metre races, as well as the relay finals.

Results on all the races will come after the individual distances and again after the relay races are completed.