Vicent, Roberge, and Gregg all qualify for 1,000 metre quarters

All three Canadians made it through the heats of the ladies’ 1,000 metres in short track speed skating at the Pacific Coliseum on Wednesday.

Tania Vicent, Kalyna Roberge, and Jessica Gregg all finished in the top two of their respective heats to reach the quarterfinals.

Vicent originally finished fourth, but after two of the skaters in her heat were disqualified, her result was bumped up to second.

Roberge finished first in her heat while setting a new Olympic record of 1:31.033.

Her record didn’t hold for long though, as Katherine Reutter of the United States skated three heats later and won with a time of 1:30.508.

China’s Wang Meng also made it through to the next round. She is the reigning world champion in the 1,000 and already has a gold medal at these Olympics in the 500 metres.

Other top qualifiers include Park Seung-Hi of Korea and Zhou Yang of China.

The quarterfinals, semis, and final will all be held on Friday evening.

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Posted: Feb 24 2010 9:24 pm
Filed under: Winter Games