Regina's Lucas Makowsky stands eighth at world junior long track speed skating championships

South Koreans won all three races on Saturday at the world junior long track speed skating championships while Lucas Makowsky of Regina maintained a top-10 position overall.

In the men's 1,500 metres, Tae-Bum Mo of South Korea took the gold in one minute and 49.71 seconds. Olympian Havard Bokko of Norway was second in 1:49.75 and Igor Nefedyev of Russia third in 1:50.88.

Makowsky placed eighth in 1:51.94 while Philippe Riopel of Lachenaie, Que., was 30th and Aaron Sadlier of Ottawa was disqualified for an improper lane change.

''My race went really well I knew I had a lot of potential for a good result,'' said Makowsky, 18, who studies engineering and economics at the University of Calgary. ''I was a lot more relaxed today going into the 1,500. I had a really good pair and I was able to battle it out. I kept steady on the corners and the entire race was smooth. I'm feeling really confident about tomorrow's (Sunday) 5,000. The legs are feeling strong and I'm confident. The 5,000 is usually solid for me. The important thing is to find my rhythm.''

Bokko still holds a comfortable overall lead after three of four races with 110.988 points thanks to a dominating performance in Friday's 3,000. Mo is second at 112.566 and Alexander Zhigin of Kazakhstan third at 113.008.

Makowsky is eighth overall and Riopel 22nd.

In women's competition, South Koreans You-Lim Kim and Ju-Youn Lee have been 1-2 in every race so far including Saturday's 1,000 and 1,500 races. Kim has a big overall lead at 118.853 points, Lee is second at 120.071 and Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic, who tied Lee for second in the 1,500, is third at 121.441.

Justine L'Heureux of St-Tite, Que., was 12th in the 1,000 and 13th in the 1,500 to stand 12th overall. Nicole Garrido of Edmonton was 21st in the 1,000 and 15th in the 1,500 for 16th overall while Kirsti Lay of Medicine Hat, Alta., was 15th and 25th for 23rd overall

All three Canadian women qualified for Sunday's 3,000 final.

Competition ends Sunday.

Saturday's results at the long track speed skating world junior championships at Erfurt, Germany (all distances in metres);


1,500: 1. Tae-Bum Mo, South Korea, 1:49.71; 2. Havard Bokko, Norway, 1:49.75; 3. Igor Nefedyev, Russia, 1:50.88; 8. Lucas Makowsky, Regina, 1:51.94; 30. Philippe Riopel, Lachenaie, Que., 1:55.99; Aaron Sadlier, Calgary, disqualified.

Overall (after three of four distances): 1. Bokko, 110.988 points; 2. Mo, 112.566; 3. Alexandr Zhigin, Kazakhstan, 113.008; 8. Makowsky, 113.818; 22. Riopel. 116.684.


1,000: 1. You-Lim Kim, South Korea, 1:18.26; 2. Ju-Youn Lee, South Korea, 1:18.89; 3. Maren van Spronsen, Netherlands, 1:19.60; 12. Justine L'Heureux, St-Tite, Que., 1:21.50; 15. Kirsti Lay, Medicine Hat, Alta., 1:21.90; 21. Nicole Garrido, Edmonton, 1:22.39.

1,500: Kim, 2:00.73; 2. (tie) Lee and Martina Sablikova, Czech Republic, 2:00.74; 13. L'Heureux, 2:04.51; 15. Garrido, 2:04.99; 25. Lay, 2:08.58.

Overall (after three of four distances): 1. Kim, 118.853; 2. Lee, 120.071; 3. Sablikova, 1:21.441; 12. L'Heureux, 123.333; 16. Garrido, 124.298; 23. Lay, 125.270.