Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Marianne St-Gelais, Charle Cournoyer Skate to a National Titles in the 1,500m

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Marianne St-Gelais, Charle Cournoyer Skate to a National Titles in the 1,500m

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St-Gelais, Cournoyer win gold in 1,500

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MONTREAL - Speedskaters Marianne St-Gelais and Charle Cournoyer earned gold medals at the 2017 Canadian senior championships on Friday by skating to victory in the 1,500-metre events.

St-Gelais of Saint-Felicien, Que., won her third straight Canadian women's title in the distance by finishing ahead of Kim Boutin, from Sherbrooke, Que., and Valerie Maltais of Saguenay, La Baie borough, Que.

"After overtaking from fourth spot with five laps to go, I was pretty confident that I would be able to stay ahead and would go on to win the race," said St-Gelais.

Cournoyer, of Boucherville, Que., won the men's title in the 1,500, finishing ahead of Guillaume Bastille of Riviere-du-Loup, Que., who collected the silver medal, followed by Samuel Girard of Ferland-et-Boilleau, Que. …

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