Quebec Cup: Philippe Dubreuil, Kelly Baird Win Distance Events on First Night

MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada, June 18. PHILIPPE Dubreuil of Sherbrooke, Que., fresh from an open water victory at the U.S., championships this past weekend, showed he can shine in the pool too on Thursday winning the men's 1,500-metre freestyle at the Canada Cup swimming competition.
Dubreuil clocked a personal best 15 minutes and 38.97 seconds for first spot with Ryan Feeley of St. Catharines, Ont., second at 15:43.59 and Jared Miller of the U.S., third at 16:00.41.

This past weekend in Florida, Dubreuil won the men's 10 kilometre open water at the U.S., championships to qualify for the event at next month's world aquatic championships in Rome.

‘'I never expected to go this fast today,'' said Dubreuil, 27, coached by Mohamed Marouf. ‘'After my race on Sunday I was feeling pretty tired all week and even in my warm-up I felt a bit sluggish. But it's a good sign that I'm improving in this event. I race this event in particular to practice my finish for the 10 kilometre.''

In the women's 1,500 freestyle, Kelly Baird of the U.S., prevailed in 17:06.06, her compatriot Lauren Ross was second in 17:10.82 and Beatrice Pineau of Beauport, Que., collected the bronze in 17:25.37.

Preliminaries were also held in the men's and women's 200 individual medley. In the women's race, Geneviève Saumur qualified first for the final in 2:17.94 followed by Julia Wilkinson of Stratford, Ont., in 2:18.52 and Margaret Kelly of the U.S., in third in 2:19.58. Saumur and Wilkinson were both on last year's Olympic team.

Tim Ruse of Pointe-Claire, Que., was the top Canadian qualifier in the men's 200 IM placing fourth. The 200 IM finals are on Friday.

This is the third stop for Swimming Canada's "Canada Cup" series. The Canada Cup/Coupe du Québec, hosted by Montreal based swim Club CNPPO, has attracted some of the world's biggest names in swimming, notably eight-time Beijing Gold Medallist Michael Phelps and newly crowned world record holder in the short course 200 breaststroke Annamay Pierse of Edmonton.

The Canada Cup series is designed to enhance the domestic competitive program and provide Canadian athletes with a competitive environment in which they can excel in their performance. Previous stops were in Vancouver and Toronto.

A full racing schedule is set for Friday at the Olympic pool. Preliminaries are at 9 a.m. and the finals at 6 p.m. Competition continues through to Sunday.


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