The first event of the competition was the men's 1500m. After making it through the preliminary round, Pierre Boda was the only Australian to move through the first round of racing to make the heats. The 20-year-old AIS athlete drew one of the fastest heats of the night, and was unlucky to finish fourth in 2:21.977 and miss out on a quarter-finals berth. Boda finished the highest of the Australian’s in 33rd with Armstrong Lazenby 60th and Nate Henry 77th.
In the women’s 1500m, AIS World Junior Championships medalist Deanna Lockett advanced to the quarter finals, but the race did not go her way, receiving a penalty and disqualification which would prevent her from progressing into the semi-final. Lockett finished in 33rd place, with Alix-Myra Anderson 40th.
In the 1000m distance. Boda progressed through the first round of racing but was defeated into fourth place in the preliminary round. His teammates, Simon Francis and Nate Henry, were unable to progress through their opening rounds. Boda again was the highest place finishing in 56th, with Nate Henry in 57th and Simon Francis 60th.
Deanna Lockett achieved the highest Australian placing at the Kolomna World Cup in the 1000m distance, finishing in 23rd place after failing to advance through to the quarter final round. Alix-Myra Anderson finished in 37th.
Competing in the 500m, Pierre Boda was again the leading Australian male, finishing in 27th place. Behind Boda were Armstong Lazenby in 51st and Andy Jung in 78th. Australia’s only female competitor in the 500m, Alix-Myra Anderson finished in 55th place.
The relay combination of Pierre Boda, Nate Henry, Armstrong Lazenby and Andy Jung were unable to progress past the heats in the 5000m, finishing fourth in a time of 6:57.636 and an overall placing of 16th.
The AIS Short Track program will now eagerly await news of quota spots earned for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. The International Skating Union (ISU) will inform National Olympic Committee’s on the allocation of quota places by December 21.