|Scott and Babikov Collect Win Distance Races at Canadian Championships|
Charlo, N.B. - Canada's Beckie Scott grabbed her fourth national title of the week on Sunday, winning the women's 30-kilometre mass start at the Canadian Cross-Country Ski Championships in Charlo, N.B.
Scott, of Vermilion, Alta., won gold in the women's open category with a time of one hour 30 minutes 12 seconds. The 2002 Olympic champion finished just over five minutes ahead of team mate Sara Renner, of Canmore, Alta., who grabbed her third silver medal of the week behind Scott. Milaine Theriault, of St. Quentin, N.B., made her fourth trip to the podium after winning consecutive bronze medals with a third-place time of 1:35:20.5.
Three other athletes also captured their fourth title of the week. David Nighbor, of North Bay, Ont., won the 30-kilometre junior men's title for 18- and 19-year-old athletes with a time of 1:28:57, while Edmonton's Amanda Ammar claimed the title in the 10-kilometre junior girls event (athletes 16 and 17) with a leading mark of 34:30.1, and Natasha Kullas, of Timmins, Ont., also made her fourth trip to the gold-medal position on the podium in the 7.5-kilometre juvenile girls category (athletes under 16) after setting the time to beat at 23:59.1. All four athletes also won gold in the opening day's classic event, the skate pursuit competition and the Madshus sprints.
Ivan Babikov, who recently moved to Canada from Russia and resides in Canmore, Alta., won the 50-kilometre open men's category. Babikov completed the ultra-marathon with a leading time of 2:22:41.0. Dan Roycroft, of Port Sydney, Ont., was the next fastest athlete to cross the line finishing 2 minutes 59 seconds off the leading pace, while Adam Kates, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., was third at 2:25:41.0.
Other winner on Friday included: Ottawa's Claire Rennie winning the 15-kilometre junior women's division (50:52.8); Chris Butler, of Thunder Bay, Ont. (44:06.5), who claimed the 15-kilometre junior boys event; and Alex Harvey, of Quebec, who crossed the line first in the 7.5-kilometre juvenile boys event with a time of 21:20.1.
Complete results are available at www.zone4.ca.
Canadian National Championships, Charlo, New Brunswick
1 Ivan Babikov Canmore, Alta. 2:22:41.0
2 Dan Roycroft Port Sydney, Ont. +.4
3 Adam Kates Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. +3:00.0
4 Drew Goldsack Red Deer, Atla. +4:09.0
1 Beckie Scott Vermilion, Alta. 1:30:12.0
2 Sara Renner Canmore, Alta. +5:08.0
3 Milaine Theriault St. Quentin, N.B. +5:08.5
4 Shayla Swanson Calgary +8:50.0
1 David Nighbor North Bay, Ont. 1:28:57.0
2 Jesse Heckrodt Salmon Arm, B.C. +.4
3 Casey Dyck Calgary +33.3
4 Christopher Werrell Kelowna, B.C. +2:34.5
1 Claire Rennie Ottawa 50:52.8
2 Marcia Birkigt Athabasca, Alta. +26.1
3 Megan Hudson Edmonton +1:39.9
4 Crystin Jacques Canmore, Alta. +2:48.0
1 Chris Butler Thunder Bay, Ont. 44:06.5
2 Marc-Andre Bedard Quebec City +8.5
3 Brent McMurtry Calgary +19.1
4 Maxime Leboeuf Val-Belair, Que. +34.5
1 Amanda Ammar Edmonton 34:30.0
2 Viktoria Koskenoja Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. +5.8
3 Berit Dool Thunder Bay, Ont. +10.8
4 Claude Godbout Quebec +36.7
1 Alex Harvey Quebec 21:20.1
2 Haakon Lenes Banff, Alta. +.4
3 Luke Viljakainen Thunder Bay, Ont. +.8
4 Jess Cockney Banff, Alta. +9.1
1 Natasha Kullas Timmins, Ont. 23:59.1
2 Kelsey Dool Thunder Bay, Ont. +40.3
3 Sara Hewitt Calgary +43.0
4 Veronic Massicotte Thunder Bay, Ont. +44.2
Source: Cross Country Canada
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