Keanu Blunden and Andy Jung have represented Australia at the 2019 ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, with both athletes recording a top 20 performance.
Blunden was the best performing Australian athlete with an overall ranking of 25th across all thee distances, the best overall placing by an Australian male since 2014, with Jung in 46th place.
In the 1000m, Blunden reached the quarter-final round to record a final place of 17th. Blunden also competed in the 500m, finishing 26th and 35th in the 1500m.
Jung reached the semi-final stage in the 1500m, finishing in 18th place, was 50th in the 500m, but unfortunately received a yellow card in the 1000m.
The World Championships marks the final event for the Short Track athletes for the international season.
IMAGE - Keanu Blunden (left) and Andy Jung (right) with AIR Short Track Speed Skating National Coach Richard Nizielski (middle) at the World Championships in Bulgaria © Australian Ice Racing Incorporated Facebook Page
Keanu Blunden has recorded an impressive 13th place performance in the 1500m at the Short Track Speed Skating World Cup event in Torino, Italy.
The 13th place result is the highest by an Australian in the 2018-2019 season.
Blunden advanced through to the B final round, where he finished third, giving him a final ranking of 13th, an impressive result for the 20-year-old skater.
Competing in the 1000m, Blunden was also the leading Australian for the distance, with a 22nd place performance.
Also in action for Australia was 2018 Olympian Andy Jung (23rd 500m #1, 24th 1000m), Skyler Kah (38th 500m#1, 45th 1000m), Joshua Kah (46th 500m #1, 39th 500m#2) and Liam O'Brien (43rd 500m#2 and 52nd 1500m).
The men's relay team also had an improved performance of 11th from a field of 18 countries.
With Torino being the final World Cup for the season, the next event on the schedule is the World Championships, which will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, from March 8-10.
IMAGE - The Short Track arena in Torino, Italy
The Aussie short track team are reaching new speeds in the pursuit of Olympic qualification and a couple of penalties at the second Short Track Speed Skating World Cup in Dordrecht could not dampen their spirits.
Off the back of a 1500m bronze medal at the World Cup in Budapest last weekend, Deanna Lockett was hungry for more in the Netherlands and easily cruised through the 1500m heat on Friday evening.
The 21-year-old went on to finish fifth in her semi-final, missing a finals birth by a tenth of a second.
The Sochi Olympian then placed second in both her 1000m preliminary and heat races before lining up in the quarter-final where it appeared she was hard done by to be penalised following an incident with Dutch skater Suzanne Schulting in the final few laps which saw the end of Lockett’s World Cup 2 campaign.
There appeared to be minimal contact between Lockett and Schulting but after the Australian finished second she was eventually disqualified from the race and Schulting advanced despite crashing out.
Similarly, Andy Jung placed second in his 500m preliminary, heat and quarter-final races, before he was unfortunately penalised in the semi-final and missed out on a medal chance.
However Jung’s intelligent racing strategies and consistent speed show he is in fine form and a medal contender for future events.
“I’m very disappointed with the race result, but at least I know I can stand on the podium and bring back a gold for Australia,” Jung told Australian Ice Racing.
“Thanks to everyone back home for supporting me.”
President of Australian Ice Racing, Frank Anderson, said while the penalties were disappointing, they did not reflect the great shape the team is in.
“This World Cup showed the rest of the world that Australia is on a mission to secure Olympic gold,” Anderson said.
“Penalties against Andy and Deanna do not dampen the drive of the skaters to qualify for PyeongChang.
“Penalties always leave a bitter taste but the team have rallied behind Deanna and Andy and they look forward to the next two World Cups seeking redemption with the goal of qualifying positions for Australia at the Games. We are very placed to do that.
“I am pleased with a solid start to the first half of an Olympic season.”
Sochi 2014 Olympian Pierre Boda advanced from the 500m, 1000m and 1500m preliminaries to line up in the heats, finishing fourth in his 500m and 1500m heats, and fifth in the 1000m heats.
Young guns Alex Bryant, Liam O’Brien and Keanu Blunden also had strong races and will greatly benefit from the World Cup experience.
Bryant and Blunden joined the more experienced Jung and Boda in the men’s 5000m relay where they finished fourth in their heat and did not advance to the quarter-finals.
Australian Short Track Head Coach Lachlan Hay said there were some good racing coming out of Dordrecht and the team will need to keep up the strong form to secure quota places for Australia at next year’s Winter Olympics.
“We’ve had some pretty strong results from the guys and of course Deanna as well,” Hay said.
“Trying to be consistent will be key over these four World Cup competitions. It’s one thing to have a good result, but then not ideal to crash out the next weekend.
“We need to look for consistency to get those [Olympic] qualifying sports.
“Pierre has improved a lot since last season and I think he’s going to be able to continue that throughout the year. Plus we’ve got three young guys on the World Cup team which aren’t as experienced but they’re showing really good signs.”
Full results from the World Cup are available here.
The next World Cup will start on November 9th in Shanghai, China.
Deanna Lockett and Andy Jung have shown they mean business on the opening day of racing at the Short Track Speed Skating World Cup 2 in Dordrecht overnight.
Off the back of her first World Cup medal in Budapest last weekend, Lockett cruised through her 1500m race to take out her heat and easily qualify for the semi-finals.
“Deanna is in great form,” Australian Short Track coach Lachlan Hay said.
“After having the great success with a medal [in Budapest] and overcoming a bit of training interruption leading into the week, I think the second World Cup will be strong.”
President of Ice Racing Australia, Frank Anderson, is in the Netherlands with the team and said the 21-year-old is skating well.
“Deanna absolutely owned the entire field in her 1500m and is truly a gold medal prospect for Saturday,” Anderson said.
The Sochi 2014 Olympian didn’t make it through the 500m preliminary rounds, but she will contest the 1000m preliminaries and heats tonight with the 1500m semi-final on Saturday evening AEDT.
In the men’s short track events, Jung punched through the 500m preliminaries before coming up against a world class field in the heats where he placed second and booked his spot in Saturday's quarter-finals.
“Andy’s 500m heat today was an A-final in a World Cup in any other year,” Anderson said.
"He has certainly shown a different approach to this World Cup season with intelligent racing strategies and clearly a stronger technical base with which he has placed himself on par with the world’s best.
"It is clear that Andy is here to fight not only for the best possible result for Australia, but to be noted as one of the best in the world in the lead up to PyenongChang.” he said.
Jung didn’t compete in the 1500m but will line up in the 1000m tonight with his teammates Pierre Boda and Alex Bryant
Last night Boda advanced through both the 500m and 1500m preliminary’s but was unlucky to not secure a quarter-final birth after the heats.
Keanu Blunden advanced through to the 1500m heats, and Liam O’Brien made a good start on his World Cup season, placing fourth in his 1500m preliminary round in 2.18.51, taking nearly five seconds off his best time.
Hay said the men’s team has now shaken off their nerves and he looks forward to seeing some strong performances.
“The guys have had the first World Cup now which is sometimes a bit nerve racking as they’re getting used to racing again,” he said.
“Now in the second World Cup we should see a more relaxed group and good results.”
The Dordrecht World Cup continues tonight with the women’s 1000m preliminary’s kicking off at 11am local time (8pm AEDT), followed by the men’s 1000m events.
Watch the finals livestream here
Australia has sent a large short track team to Budapest for this weekend’s first World Cup of the season, but don’t expect all racers to make the starting line in the men’s events.
The International Skating Union (ISU) announced four World Cup events from September to December to determine qualification for quota places into the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
The Special Olympic Qualification Classifications (SOQC) will be based upon the best three of four results over the respective distance at the four World Cups with each nation limited to a maximum of three individual entrants per event at the PyeongChang Olympics.
For an emerging Australian men’s team, that could mean only racing the best in-form three athletes to maximise the chances of qualifying individual men’s quota places.
Heading up the six-strong men’s team is the improving Andy Jung, who comfortably won every distance at the Australian trials back in July with 2014 Sochi Olympian Pierre Boda hot on his heels, Keanu Blunden, Liam O’Brien, Alex Bryant and Josh Kah.
Australia will also compete in the men’s relay and is in a position to select the best four in-form racers, which will provide further experience for the younger team members.
Our strongest-ever female short track speed skating racer Deanna Lockett is lining up for three events in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m.
The 500m is not a favoured distance for the determined 21-year-old.
“I am starting to try for the 500 this year because I want to qualify for all three distances so we will give that a go,” Lockett said.
Racing begins on Thursday 28 September from 5pm (AEST) with the men’s and women 1500m Preliminaries and Heats followed by the 500m and continues until October 1st.
Live coverage of all the events is available on the ISU Skating Channel and the full schedule can be found here
After the Budapest World Cup, the short trackers head to the second qualifier at Dordrecht in the Netherlands on October 7-8 before a month-long competitive break ahead of the Shanghai World Cup in China on November 9-10.
The final World Cup will be held in Seoul November 18-19, after which the ISU will inform the National Olympic Committees of their allocated quota places.
SYDNEY: After intense racing in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m at Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink over the past two days, Short Track World Cup Team has been announced.
Andy Jung (20), Pierre Boda (24), Keanu Blunden (18), Liam O’Brien (18), Alex Bryant (20) and Josh Kah (17) were announced by Australian Ice Racing Incorporated (AIR) as the ‘strongest team in many years’.
The athletes were vying for a place for four ISU World Cups, which are the special qualifying competitions to determine the number of Olympic Quota spots at the PyeongChang Olympics next February.
For the first time in a decade, Australian Ice Racing Incorporated (AIR) had more qualified men than World Cup spots available requiring time trials to select the top six Short Track racers.
The young team aim to build Australia’s proud short track heritage, which AIR President Frank Anderson says signals a bright future.
“Six years ago, we were at our lowest ebb for membership and skaters. That has now doubled,” Mr Anderson says.
“We implemented a variety of things including changing the culture within the sport a little, worked to build the junior numbers and brought back our ‘masters’ to help guide the sport and younger members.”
“For High Performance, we rewrote the selection policy with more emphasis on excellence. The aim was to build a group of skaters to vie for spots – making them earn a spot, instead of just filling a spot.”
“We made it harder to make the national team,” he explained.
As an indication of how that strategy has worked, the National Junior Team broke the Australian International Senior Men’s 3000m record at this year’s World Junior Championships.
For now though, all thoughts turn toward the four ISU World Cups, which kick off in Budapest, Hungary at the end of September.
Andy Jung made a clean sweep in the Trials over all three distances and is clearly in form, despite saying that he felt, “a little bit uncomfortable because it’s the first comp of the Olympic season but it ended well.”
“I feel mentally stronger,” Jung said.
Pierre Boda came in a solid overall second, having battled cold symptoms the previous week, Keanu Blunden third and Liam O’Brien fourth.
Fifth place Alex Bryant admitted he wasn’t skating “that great yet” as his focus has been on technique in the pre-season with the plan being to progressively get faster.
Sixth place and a new-comer to the World Cup circuit will be 17-year-old Josh Kah – son of three-time speed skating (long track) Winter Olympian Danny Kah (1988, ’92 and 94) and nephew of John Kah (1992 short track Olympian and member of Australia’s World Champion 5000m relay team).
Josh is expected to compete in the first two World Cups and miss the final two because of his final high school exams.
AIR President Frank Anderson has his fingers crossed for a possible return to the big time in the relay event.
“We’ve set a High Performance standard, have a good partnership with the Olympic Winter Institute Australia and the strongest men’s team in many years. I do have my fingers crossed for a relay team,” Anderson says. “The future is definitely bright.”
The women's team will be formally announced on July 31 but will be led by Deanna Lockett, who is in a class of her own, and who was not required to skate in time trials.
“Deanna (Lockett) is world class. Living in Korea full time - she does miss home but she’s absolutely focused with one goal in mind – PyeongChang.”
Anderson says a win is possible for Lockett.
“At the World Cup in Dresden Deanna was fourth in the 1500m and it was very exciting to watch. Equally exciting were the World Championships where she qualified first in the 1500m heats.”
The tactical challenge for Australian Ice Racing will be deciding who competes in which races at the World Cups, particularly with a young, but eager and motivated team.
“Each man can only skate in two of the three distances (500m, 1000m and 1500m) at each World Cup. The focus will be on the maximum possible Olympic quota places.”
In announcing the Men’s World Cup team after the trials at Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink this morning, Anderson encouraged the squad to work together.
“Do not be a team of individuals, be an individual team.”
By Belinda Noonan
There were mixed results for Australia's short track speed skaters on day one of competition at the Sapporo 2017 Asian Winter Games.
The Aussies looked the goods early with Deanna Lockett comfortably advancing to the semi-finals in the women's 1,500m while Alex Bryant, Pierre Boda and Keanu Blunden also progressed to the semi-finals in the men’s event.
Boda and Bryant made it through to the men’s B Final where they finished fifth and sixth respectively, but Lockett and Blunden’s day ended with disqualification after each athlete experienced a racing incident in their semi-final.
“We were fighting to get in the final and it was the last lap so we were fighting hard and I got the penalty in the end,” Lockett said of the incident she had with a Chinese competitor.
Although she was disappointed to bow out early Lockett was able to take away a positive from the race.
“I’m not happy with what happened but I’m happy with how I raced. I was more aggressive than usual and that’s what I need to do in short track,” she said.
Meanwhile the Australian men’s 5,000 metre relay team ended the day on a positive note, placing second in their heat, progressing to the semi-finals. The Aussies crossed the line ahead of India and finished second to Korea.
The team was spearheaded by Sochi Olympian Pierre Boda who had to take a conservative approach to racing after a fall in practice on Sunday.
“I was just trying to stay out of trouble today and it kind of worked out in the end so I was happy,” Boda said.
“I was trying to get my feeling back on the ice and skate nicely and relaxed. I managed to get an ok result.”
The 23-year-old is planning to pick up the pace as the meet goes on.
“I’ve woken up a bit more and I’m firing a bit harder after today’s relay and hopefully the next round everything is on,” Boda said.
Short Track speed skaters will be back in action on Tuesday with the men’s and women’s 500 and men’s semi-final relay.
Full results and live streaming of the Asian Winter Games is available on the Sapporo 17 website.
Faster than 40kms per hour, strategy and having your wits about you is what it takes to make it to into the elite class for Short Track speed skating in the women’s 1500 metres race.
What starts out at as a slowish cat and mouse game for eight laps of a 13.5 lap race suddenly turns savage as seven women take risks, go for broke or stay behind Steven Bradbury style and wait for opportunity.
The end-result is rarely a bona-fide predictable outcome, and that is what makes Short Track speed skating a very attractive spectator sport.
Nowhere more so than in Korea, a nation that has excelled in the sport as has Australia.
OWIA athlete Deanna Lockett may be a lone Australian woman in the elite short track but she is well and truly in the mix and on any given day it would be unwise to discount her chances.
The level of training and preparation undertaken by the elite across the world is comparable, the opportunities to literally race through the field is not.
In the 1500m Ladies on Saturday, Deanna made it through to semi-final 3, ranked at 20th place.
It was a strategic start by all competitors who were jockeying for position. Deanna was back in sixth and then went to first at the 43 second mark. By 54 seconds she was in second and then fourth, which would be considered as well-positioned to take an opportunity with five laps to go.
But, as luck would have it, another competitor fell and took others with her, including Deanna.
Deanna was a bit “rattled” by the fall, said coach Nic Cicero but the opportunities were not over as Australia’s best female speedster was advanced to Final B.
The coach was protesting for a spot in the Final A, but it wasn’t to be.
Again, fourteen women went out to determine who was the best on the day in A and B Finals in the brand new Gangneung Ice Arena, which will be home for the speed and figure skaters at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.
Deanna’s Final B began with the jockeying for position, the pace picked up with eight laps to go and Deanna was sitting at the rear and she was still there with five laps to go.
The pace went over 40kms per hour (that’s faster than the School Safety Zone road limit) and Deanna whipped into 5th. That ranked her in 12th place overall for the 1500 metres in a World Cup on the day.
Short track is fascinating and often heart-breaking, yet always entertaining.
The Australian men had a mixed day with Alex Bryant and Kneau Blunden having solid 1500m repechage heats but then they drew to skate against each other in the semis. Alex was disqualified whilst Kneau skated strongly, just shy of the national record.
It wasn’t Pierre Boda’s day when he failed to make it out of the 1000m heats.
Tomorrow is another day and the Australian team will be racing from 3.50pm Sunday (AEDT).
A determined effort by Short Track speed skater Deanna Lockett this morning in the 1500m repechage heat has vaulted the OWIA athlete into the main semi-final.
Grabbing the opportunity that a repechage offers, Deanna surged from behind mid-way through the race to win Heat 3 and secure a berth in the semi in a time of 1.52.87, ranking her in the top 20.
Deanna will race for the final at 4.30pm Saturday (AEDT).
Kneau Blunden and Alex Bryant have another chance in the Men’s1500m repechage semi’s after coming in at 29th and 35th.
The 1000m did not provide much joy for the Australians with Pierre Boda coming in at 34th in the repechage heat and Simon Francis at 40th.
Day one of the ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup has taken place today in the 2018 Olympic venue in Gangneung, Korea.
The highlight was both Pierre Boda and Deanna Lockett advancing through to the quarter final round in the 1000m, after placing second in their heats.
Deanna unfortunately came fifth in her 1500m heat, so will compete in the repechage rounds to avoid an early exit in the distance tomorrow.
A number of repecharge rounds will take place over the next two days, with Alex Bryant, Andy Jung, Simon Francis and Keanu Blunden in action for Australia.
The relay team was also in action featuring Pierre Boda, Andy Jung, Alex Bryant and Keanu Blunden. Unfortunately, the team finished fourth in their heat, unable to advance to the semi final stage with a final ranking of 14th.
Two more days of competition will take place with finals commencing tomorrow.
Interrupted training hasn’t kept short track speed skater Deanna Lockett from giving it her all this weekend in the third World Cup in Shanghai.
On Saturday, Deanna raced to second in her B final in the 1500m, giving her a 9th place overall.
“Coming off 2 weeks of sickness and limited training, I’m glad I could pull myself together for the competition,” she said. “I did a lot better than what I felt physically.”
The Men’s team worked their way through the repechage rounds, but were unable to make it out; although Pierre Boda, Keanu Blunden and Simon Francis progressed past the heats.
Alex Bryant was taken out on the first corner and was unlucky to not be called back for a restart, drawing a DQ for his event and therefore, not progressing.
The tough competition continued with the final races on Monday morning. Lockett made it through the heats in the 500m (2) but couldn't replicate her earlier finish, failing to make it out of the rep semifinals to finish in 25th place.
The highlight of the day was Andy Jung in the 500m (2) who made it to the quarterfinals and placed 14th overall. Keanu Blunden scraped to the rep quarterfinals with a 30th place finish in the 1000m, but it was a rough day for the remaining men who were unable to make it out of the heats in their races.
It was a good day in the icy office for Australia’s Short Track team in Shanghai, China at the third World Cup.
Deanna Locket and Andy Jung made it out of their heats in the 1500m and 500m respectively.
Andy will skate Rep tomorrow for the 1500 and Deanna will skate the repechage on Sunday for the 500 (2).
Alex Bryant wasn’t as lucky with a fall but has another chance tomorrow
“Alex was looking really strong until he fell coming out of the corner in the 1000,” coach Nic Cicero said from Shanghai. “He’ll skate in the rep rounds tomorrow and Sunday.”
Pierre Boda, Simon Francis and brothers Denali Blunden and Keanu Blunden all made it through to the 500m repechage rep rounds.
Relay racing, which produced Australia’s first Olympic medal in Lillehammer in 1994, is on the agenda for the men who competed in Shanghai.
“It was a decent relay, unfortunately coming 4th in our heat,” Cicero said. “We need to work on our exchanges, which will drop that time.”
The ISU Shanghai World Cup continues today (Saturday).
Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA)/Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) athlete Deanna Lockett reached the semi-finals of the Women’s 1500 metres World Cup race in Dordrecht, The Netherlands this weekend.
Australian Short Track Coach Anthony Barthell has been impressed with Lockett’s racing since returning from her enforced layoff due to illness.
“Deanna is doing really well with her comeback,” Barthell said. “Racing has changed this season and some new faces are reaching the podium; she’s doing really well asserting herself in that group of skaters.”
In the Men’s 500 metres, Andy Jung was the best performed athlete, finishing 19th overall, after being eliminated in the Repechage Semi-Final. Michael Pickup finished 44th, while Liam O’Brian was 46th; both not progressing from the rep heats.
Jung and Pickup were also in action in the first of the 1000 metre races, eventually finishing 28th and 31st respectively.
Pierre Boda did qualify for the quarter finals, where he finished fourth, meaning an overall placing of 16th.
In the second of the 1000 metres, Boda was once again the best performed of the Australian athletes finishing 26th, with Keanu Blunden 31st.
Our men’s 5000 metre relay team finished fourth in their heat in a time of seven minutes 18.231 seconds, missing out on a spot in the next round.
IMAGE: Training snap captured by ISA president Frank Anderson of the team preparing for the World Cup in Dordrecht, Netherlands.
Leading Australian Speed Skater, Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA)/Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) athlete Deanna Lockett has made a successful return to competitive racing, at the World Cup Short Track Speed Skating event in Dresden, Germany.
Lockett has not competed at a World Cup event for twelve months due to illness, with her last race being, coincidently, at the same venue in Germany.
Lockett competed in both the 1500m events in Dresden, reaching the B-Final of both races, where she placed twelfth overall on both occasions; an excellent result following such a lengthy layoff.
Following her opening event, Lockett was pleased to be back competing as she looks forward to the remainder of the season.
“I am just getting back into it again,” Lockett said.
“These two competitions are more about getting the feeling for racing again, and being ready for the World Championships,” she added.
In the Men’s, valuable World Cup race experience was in order for newcomers Keanu Blunden, Michael Pickup and Liam O’Brian.
Andy Jung was the best performed OWIA athlete in the 500m, finishing 22nd overall after being eliminated in the Rep. semi-finals, with Blunden finishing 36th and O’Brian 41st.
Jung also raced in the 1000m but was unable to progress from the Rep. heats while Pierre Boda finished 32nd, bowing out in the Rep. quarter finals.
In the 1500m, there were two events across the weekend, with Pierre Boda the best placed in 33rd position in race two, with Keanu Blunden the next best in 35th in the first of the two events.
The Men’s 5000m relay team finished third in their heat behind Italy and Canada, therefore missing out on progressing to the next round.
Alex Bryant missed the event due to a fall on Tuesday.
“Unfortunately Alex took a fall on Tuesday and suffered a mild concussion, but he should be ready to go to the final World Cup event of the season in Dordrecht, The Netherlands next weekend,” coach Anthony Barthell said.
OWIA Short Track Speed Skater Pierre Boda has produced the best result of his career by finishing in seventh place in the 1000m at the Shanghai World Cup in China.
Boda, 22, made it all the way through to the semi-finals of the 1000m, where he finished fourth in the field of five, which earned him a place in the B Final.
Up against two Chinese skaters and a Canadian, the 2014 Olympian finished third, to secure himself an overall seventh, his best ever World Cup result. Boda's teammate Andy Jung finished in 25th place in the same 1000m distance.
Boda also had a strong result in the second of the 1500m races contested, finishing 18th overall, the first time he has raced the distance this season. Keanu Blunden was also in action in the second 1500m event placing 29th, up from his 32nd in the first of the 1500m races.
Competing in the 500m, Andy Jung placed 25th with Alex Bryant in 43rd.
The men's relay team finished in 13th place.
The World Cup Short Track Speed Skating event in Nagoya, Japan saw Olympic Winter Institute (OWIA) athletes produce improved performances.
Pierre Boda and Andy Jung finished 20th and 22nd respectively in the first of the 500 metre races contested.
Boda came within 0.056 seconds of his PB, set in Montreal back in 2014.
OWIA Coach Anthony Barthell was pleased with the performances.
“Andy made some improvements and with Pierre getting so close to his PB, particularly on this ice in Nagoya, was pretty good,” Barthell said.
The second 500 metre World Cup event saw Alex Bryant make it to the repechage quarter finals, eventually finishing in 23rd position overall.
This event also saw Keanu Blunden make his World Cup debut. Although he didn’t progress from the repechage heats, finishing in 38th place, he gained valuable experience.
Barthell was pleased with the positives gained over the course of the weekend for Blunden. “I feel like he learnt a lot from his World Cup debut - he skated well and gained a lot more experience,” Barthell said.
Blunden and Bryant were also in action in the 1500m, with Blunden finishing 33rd.
Bryant led his 1500m heat and was in control of his race, but was taken out when he was in a qualifying position, which saw the referees advance him through to the semis.
Bryant’s run ended there, finishing 19th overall.
In the 1000 metres, Boda and Jung were the representatives. Jung failed to progress from the repechage heat, finishing in 44th position, while Boda finished 18th after being advanced by the referees to the Quarter Finals due to being taken out by a Russian skater in the opening round.
The Australian team finished 13th in the 5000m relay.
IMAGE: Andy Jung & Pierre Boda earlier in the World Cup season © ShortTrackHD
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