Canadian men’s speed skating team breaks world record
Short-track team takes bronze at World Cup in Calgary
Posted: Oct 21, 2012 1:31 PM CT
Last Updated: Oct 22, 2012 10:46 AM CT
The Canadian men’s short-track speed skating team set a world record Friday in the 5,000-metre relay.
The four-person team was competing at the International Skating Union World Cup in Calgary this weekend. Michael Gilday, Charles Hamelin, François Hamelin and Oliver Jean set the record at six minutes and 32.909 seconds.
The team also finished with a bronze medal in the final 5,000-metre relay Sunday night.
Gilday, who is from Yellowknife, finished with a silver medal in the 1,000-metre individual race.
The team narrowly set the world record Friday — the Korean team came in one tenth of a second after them.
"We had to watch them go out and try to break our world record knowing that if they broke it, we would have to go out and try and re-beat it again. So it was pretty nerve-racking," said Gilday, who is from Yellowknife.
The team won the race last year, and Gilday said they don’t feel too much pressure to try to win again this year.
"But it’s a point of pride for our Canadian men's team. We've always had a strong relay team and every year we expect nothing less than to be the best in the world and so it's something we enjoy working towards," he said.
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