Wotherspoon, Tutt, Janssens & Riopel top skaters at Canada Cup 4

Wotherspoon, Tutt, Janssens and Riopel top skaters at Canada Cup 4

– Danielle Wotherspoon won the 500 metres again today, and Brianne Tutt, Alec Janssens and Philippe Riopel were also tops skaters in their races today at the Canada Cup #4 long track speed skating competition in Calgary.

In another Alberta sweep of the women’s 500-metre podium, Wotherspoon, of Red Deer, won again today in a time of 38.37 seconds. Tamara Oudenaarden of St. Albert, claimed the silver medal in 38.42 seconds, and Canadian junior champion, Kate Hanly, took the bronze medal in 38.65. Hanly also won yesterday’s 500-metre silver medal and gold in the 1,000 metres.

In the women’s 5,000 metres, Brianne Tutt of Airdrie, Alta., took first place in a time of seven minutes and 18.81 seconds. Tori Spence of Kamloops, B.C., earned the silver (7:21.90) and Ottawa’s Lauren McGuire had the bronze medal (7:22.49). The threesome were also medalists in Wednesday’s 3,000 metres – McGuire (gold), Tutt (silver), Spence (bronze).

In the men’s 10,000 metres, Alec Janssens of Chilliwack, B.C., won the Canada Cup #4 title in a time of 13:45.86. Leo Landry of Chelsea, Que., was second (13:47.24) and Winnipeg’s Stefan Waples took third place (13:50.10). The top skaters, winning the Oval Finale 10,000 metres, were Thomas Softeland of Norway for the gold (13:28.02), Martin Hanggi of Switzerland with silver (13:28.86) and Italy’s Marco Cignini with the bronze medal (13:32.11). Janssens, Landry and Waples were fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively, for Oval Finale ranking.

Philippe Riopel of Lachenaie, Que., won the men’s gold medal in the 1,000 metres in a time of one minute and 8.31 seconds. Dustin Miller of Kitchener, Ont., took the silver (1:09.92) and Richard MacLennan of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., had the bronze medal (1:09.18). Miller won the 500-metre race on Friday.

Wotherspoon, Tutt and Riopel also took the Oval Finale titles.

The Olympic Oval Finale and Canada Cup 4 schedule is as follows:
Saturday, March 17: Women’s second 1,000 metres; Men’s second 500 and 1,000 metres
Sunday, March 18: Women’s 1,500 metres and mass start; Men’s 1,500 metres and mass start

The four Canada Cups are key events throughout the season used to determine national rankings for positions on the Canadian national junior and development teams.