Saturday, November 29, 1997
Canadians break world records in CalgaryCALGARY (CP) -- Catriona Le May Doan of Saskatoon broke the oldest speed skating record in the books while Kevin Overland of Kitchener, Ont., eclipsed the most recent mark in 1,500 metre races Saturday at a Canada-US Challenge long track meet.
In the women's 1,500 metres, Le May Doan, who broke world records in the 500 twice and the 1,000 once World Cup here last weekend, clocked one minute 57.87 seconds obliterating the previous mark of 1:59.30 set in 1986 by Karin Kania of East Germany. It was the longest standing speed skating record.
Sylvie Cantin of Ste-Foy, Que., was second at 2:03.97, Kristina Groves of Ottawa and Susan Auch of Winnipeg tied for third at 2:04.27 and Isabelle Doucet of Quebec City sixth in 2:05.88. All four met the standard to race in the event at the Olympic trials.
In the men's 1,500, Overland, a double World Cup bronze medallist last weekend, clocked 1:49.07 beating the time of 1:49.81 set by Ids Postma of the Netherlands earlier Saturday at a World Cup in Berlin.
Until today, Neal Marshall of Coquitlam, B.C., held the mark at 1:50.05 set at last winter's Canadian championships. Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., the current World Cup leader in the 500, also went under the old world mark placing second in 1:49.59.
Jamie Ivey of Ottawa and Dustin Molicki of Calgary fourth and sixth and also qualified in the event for the Olympic trials at the end of December.