Dubreuil, from Levis Que., crossed the line in 34.50 seconds in the 500 metres while De Haitre, from Cumberland, Ont., followed in the 1000 metres with a winning time of one minute 7.63 seconds. Both are personal bests.
Russia's Pavel Kulizhnikov had the previous fastest time in the 500 metres this season— a 34.58 skated at the Heerenveen World Cup on Dec. 14. The previous fastest 1,000 metres in the world, this season, was raced by de Haitre in a time of 1:07.71 at the Canadian fall World Cup trials on Oct. 26.
"On my last corner, I was going faster than I've ever gone, so I had a hard time hanging on to the turn and attacking it," Dubreuil said of his skate. "I definitely left a tenth, a tenth-and-a-half of a second out there, but it's still my personal best. It's a good race. It's up to par with the world cup races where I've won medals this season."
Calgary's Gilmore Junio, who won Sunday's 500-metre event, was second in Monday's 500 metre in 34.55. Edmonton's Jamie Gregg took the bronze in 34.82.
Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., earned silver in Monday's 1,000-metre race with a time 1:08.02, while Junio picked up the bronze in 1:08.59.
"I felt really tired today and I didn't think I could repeat my performance from fall trials," said de Haitre. "It turns out I could and I surprised myself, so I'm pretty happy about that."
Dubreuil opted out of Monday's 1,000 metre, satisfied that his time of 1:08.40 — good for second place in Sunday's 1,000 metre — was good enough to stand up and combine with his 500 metre to qualify him for the upcoming world sprint championships.Suggest a correction