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Vincent de Haitre, Kali Christ take top spots in 1,000-metre World Cup selections

10/26/2014 10:26 EDT | Updated 12/26/2014 05:59 EST
CALGARY - Vincent de Haitre and Kali Christ won the 1,000-metre events Sunday at Speed Skating Canada's ISU World Cup long track selections.

De Haitre, from Cumberland, Ont. and Regina's Christ also had victories earlier in the week in the 1,500-metre races.

De Haitre became the 43rd skater in history to skate under 1:08 in the 1,000 when he came up with a time of one minute 7.71 seconds. Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., who won the Olympic silver medal in that distance in Sochi last February, finished second in 1:7.98. Winnipeg's Tyler Derraugh was third in 1:8.44.

"I'm really thankful for the guys in my training group," de Haitre said. "They are all very strong and they push me every day, so I have to show up ready to race."

Christ won the 1,000 in 1:16.21, followed by Ottawa's Ivanie Blondin at 1:16.24. Toronto's Alexandra Ianculescu of Toronto was third in 1:16.75.

Christ, who lost a week of training prior to the selections due to an injury, said she was satisfied with her performance this week.

"Overall it hasn't been bad, I did what I needed to do to qualify for the World Cups," she said.

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