Sasha Fathoullin one-of-nine Canadians qualified at ISU World Cup

Sasha Fathoullin one-of-nine Canadians qualified at ISU World Cup

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MONTREAL — Sasha Fathoullin was one-of-nine Canadians to earn elimination round races on Friday at the ISU World Cup short-track speedskating event.

Fathoullin, a 20-year-old from Calgary, qualified for the quarter-final round of Saturday’s 1,000 metre event and Sunday’s 500 quarter-final.

“I didn’t come here with expectations that were too great. I just wanted to get a feel for things at my first World Cup,” said Fathoullin. “To win my first race (the 1,000) was more than I expected, so I’m really happy.”

Joining Fathoullin in the 1,000 event after qualifying are Charles and Francois Hamelin, of Sainte-Julie, Que., Samuel Girard of Ferland-et-Boilleau, Que., and Patrick Duffy of Oakville, Ont.

Charles Hamelin also qualified for the 1,500 while Francois Hamelin will race in the 500. Girard and Duffy will also skate in the 1,500 quarter-final.

Charles Cournoyer, of Boucherville, Que., qualified for the 500 quarter-final, a distance in which he won bronze in at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Marianne St-Gelais of Saint-Felicien, Que., Valerie Maltais of La Baie, Que., Kasandra Bradette of Saint-Felicien, Que., and Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, Que., all qualified for 1,000 quarters.

St-Gelais and Bradette will also compete in the 500 while Maltais and Boutin are skating in the 1,500.

Canada is aiming to win 10 individual medals this weekend.

The Canadian Press

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