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Drolet and Gilday win Canadian Open short-track titles

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The Canadian Press
1/20/2013 7:19:26 PM
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MONTREAL -- Marie-Eve Drolet of Laterriere, Que., won the women's title at the Canadian Open Short Track Championships on Sunday, while Michael Gilday of Yellowknife took the men's.

Drolet won Sunday's 3,000-metre race and was second in the 1,000 metres behind Marianne St. Gelais for a championship total of 2557 points.

St. Gelais, of St. Felicien, Que., was second with 2,308 points and Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C., was third with 2,252 points.

"My first objective was rank myself to qualify for the world championships," said Drolet. "That's the top three, so I did that and I'm happy to have done well. At the same time, it (Canadian championship) was an important rehearsal for the Olympic selections coming real soon this August."

Gilday edged out defending champion Charles Hamelin by 16 points after placing fourth in both the 1,000- and 3,000-metre races Sunday for a total of 2,432 points.

Hamelin, of Sainte-Julie, Que., won the 1,000 metres, but was eighth in the 3,000 for 2,416 points. Charle Cournoyer of Boucherville, Que., was third overall with 1,976 points.

"Consistency pays in an overall competition when it's cumulative points, and I was really consistent," said Gilday. "That was the biggest thing. I'm a little disappointed with three times fourth place. I was in all the finals, which is awesome and where I wanted to be, but I also want to be pushing for the wins a little harder.

"Charles (Hamelin), obviously he's got eight national titles, or something like that, I'll gladly take one. Both of us are focusing on the world championships."

In the women's 1,000-metre final, St. Gelais finished in one minute 29.592 seconds, followed by Drolet in 1:29.816. The bronze went to Hewitt, who finished in 1:29.908.

Hamelin won the 1,000 in a time of 1:23.616 ahead of Charle Cournoyer (1:23.690) and Guillaume Bastille, of Riviere-du-Loup, Que., bronze in 1:23.829.

Vincent Cournoyer of Boucherville, Que., won the men's 3,000 metres, with brother Charle coming in second, and Bastille in third place.

In the women's 3,000 race, Hewitt took second place, followed by Gabrielle Waddell of Red Deer, Alta.

Michael Gilday (Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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