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