Nesbitt & Giroux champions today at the Canadian Single Distance Speed Skating Championships

Nesbitt and Giroux champions today at the Canadian Single Distance Speed Skating Championships

CALGARY – London’s Christine Nesbitt continued her winning ways today by claiming the title of 3,000-metre champion at the 2012 Canadian Long Track Single Distance Championships at Calgary’s Olympic Oval. Mathieu Giroux, of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., won his first Canadian title in the 1,500-metre race.

Nesbitt, with already six individual World Cup medals this season, won in a time of 4:07.93, beating Winnipeg’s Cindy Klassen (4:09.52) and Brittany Schussler (4:10.46).

Giroux won the men’s 1,500 metres in 1:45.29, edging out Denny Morrison (1:45.64), of Fort St. John, B.C., by 0.35 seconds, and Regina’s Lucas Makowsky (1:45.93) by 0.64 seconds.

In Canada Cup grouping, Nick Goplen, from B.C., was first (1:51.78) in the men’s 1,500-metre race. Daniel Dubreuil from Quebec was second and Saskatchewan’s Elliott Nelson was third. In the women’s 3,000-metre race, B.C.’s Sarah Pousette took the top spot (4:31.68), followed by Ontario’s Isabelle Weidemann and Noemie Fiset from Quebec.

The Canadian championships and Canada Cup #2 continue tomorrow. Friday’s races will feature the men’s 1,000 and 5,000 metres, and the women’s 1,500 metres. On Saturday, the women will compete in the 1,000 and 5,000 metres, and the men in the 10,000 metres. On Sunday, the final day, the men and women will race two 500 metres and the mass start.

Medalists at Canadian championship and Canada Cup:

Men’s 500 metres: Sunday

Women’s 500 metres: Sunday

Men’s 1,000 metres: Friday

Women’s 1,000 metres: Saturday

Men’s 1,500 metres: Thursday

- Canadian champions: Gold - Mathieu Giroux (1:45.29); Silver - Denny Morrison (1:45.64); Bronze - Lucas Makowsky (1:45.93)

- Canada Cup: 1st - Nick Goplen (1:51.78); 2nd - Daniel Dubreuil (1:51.88); 3rd - Elliott Nelson (1:52.39)

Women’s 1,500 metres: Friday

Women’s 3,000 metres: Thursday

- Canadian champions: Gold - Christine Nesbitt (4:07.93); Silver - Cindy Klassen (4:09.52); Bronze - Brittany Schussler (4:10.46)

- Canada Cup: 1st - Sarah Pousette (4:31.68); 2nd - Isabelle Weidemann (4:33.98); 3rd - Noemie Fiset (4:35.86)

Junior men 3,000 metres: Saturday

Men’s 5,000 metres: Friday

Women’s 5,000 metres: Saturday

Men’s 10,000 metres: Saturday

Men’s mass start: Sunday

Women’s mass start: Sunday