DAY 1, SESSION 1
The first session of the 2016 Australian Open Short Track Speed Skating Championships has wrapped up at the Canterbury Ice Rink in Sydney. The highlight of the morning’s racing was the tightly fought seniors 1500m final, a strategic race that saw New Zealand’s Zachary Biggs emerge victorious.
Always a strategic race, the senior 1500m A final did not disappoint, with fast racing, thrills and spills. New Zealand’s Zachary Biggs led for most of the race and, with two laps to go, held off a strong challenge from Arrows’ Keanu Blunden. Keanu was forced to settle for second ahead of his brother Denali Blunden who was third.
1. Zachary Biggs (HIRC) – 2:25.380
2. Keanu Blunden (Arrows) – 2:26.239
3. Denali Blunden (Arrows) – 2:28.067
DAY 1, SESSION 2
The second session at the 2016 Australian Championships saw some exciting racing with a number of the young athletes picking up their second consecutive wins for the day. Keanu Blunden also took out an exciting senior 500m final.
A dramatic senior 500m final saw Keanu Blunden win in style after coming up on the inside mid-way through the race to dominate to the finish line. A crash just before the finish line caused confusion but saw second and third places go to Jason Clague and Joshua Kah respectively.
1. Keanu Blunden (Arrows) – 43.323
2. Jason Clague (HIRC) – 43.686
3. Joshua Kah (OSF) – 44.507
DAY 2, SESSION 3
The 2016 Australia Open Championships have wrapped up at Canterbury Ice Rink in Sydney, with 17 action-packed events. Amelia Sykes and Mikayla Biggs maintained their perfect record in the individual races whilst the open 5000m relay provided the exciting finish to the Championships, with Sydney Arrows 2 taking the win.
The senior 1000m A final saw brothers Keanu and Denali Blunden get off to a strong start and work together to keep ahead of their opponents. Denali was unable to hold his position however, pushed out by Jason Clague and Josh Kah who went on to finish second and third. The race belonged to Keanu though, winning every lap to take out the race in style.
1. Keanu Blunden (Arrows) – 1:33.801
2. Jason Clague (HIRC) – 1:35.371
3. Joshua Kah (OSF) – 1:38.387
Denali Blunden took his first individual title win of the Championships, taking out the senior 3000m. The 7-man straight final saw a number of changes in the lead but Denali held strong to take the win ahead of Jason Clauge and Keanu Blunden. The bonus points for the two power laps were taken by Josh Kah and Keanu.
1. Denali Blunden (Arrows) – 5:28.110
2. Jason Clague (HIRC) – 5:28.516
3. Keanu Blunden (Arrows) – 5:35.174
Open Relay 5000m
1. Arrows 2 (Keanu Blunden, Denali Blunden, Luke Cullen, Liam O’Brien) – 7:28.578
2. HIRC (Jason Clague, Chris Jardon, Lily Taitimu, Mikayla Biggs) – 7:40.011
3. CAISC (Ethan De Rose, Michael Van Heynigan, Ben Whiteside, Nic Lawrence) – 7:45.192
Story courtesy Alice Wheeler/Splash Maverick Media