OBIHIRO, Japan (March 3, 2012) – Emery Lehman (Oak Park, Ill) continued to lead Team USA with a strong performance in today’s 5000m at the 2012 ISU Junior Long Track World Championships. Posting a time of 6:46.18, Lehman placed 5th, finishing just 11.15 seconds back from today’s winner Sverre Lunde Pedersen (NOR) with a time of 6:35.03.
Team USA’s Chris Anderson (Fern Park, FL) skated a 7:14.66 to place 26th, and Steven Hartman posted a 7:21.45 to take 28th place.
With his 5th place finish, Lehman finished 12th in the Junior World Championship Allround standings and Anderson was 25th. Pedersen was crowned 2012 Junior World Allround Champion.
Peredsen won today’s 1500m (1:49.14), Lehman skated 1:52.80 to take 16th, Anderson posted a 1:57.65 for 38th place, Andrew Astalos (Lakeport, MI) skated 1:58.21 for 42nd place, Luke Tweddale (Madison, WI) had a time of 2:03.07 for 47th place. Lehman placed 11th in the 1500m Allround, and Anderson was 27th.
Astalos finished 18th for Team USA in today’s 500m with a time of 38.12.
Lehman had the top finish, 16th (11th in the Allround competition) for Team USA in today’s 1500m with a time of 1:52.80. 3.66 seconds back from Pedersen, winning the distance with 1:49.14. Anderson skated a 1:57.56 to take 38th place (27th in the Allround competition), Astalos posted 1:58.21 to finish 42nd, and Tweddale was 47th with a time of 2:03.07.
Petra Acker (Saratoga Springs, NY) skated a 1:22.03 for 18th place in today’s 1000m, Jerica Tandiman (West Jordan, UT) posted 1:25.11 for 33rd , Jaclyn Rowe (Wheaton, Ill.) had a time of 1:25.15 for 34th place, and Hannah Curwin (Duluth, MN) skated a 1:25.34 to place 36th. Japan’s Miho Takagi won the distance with a time of 1:17.69.
Curwin had the top finish for Team USA in the 3000m, 13th with a time of 4:27.36 (12th in the Allround competition), Acker finished 16th at 4:32.40 (15th in Allround competition), and Rowe was 31st with 4:43.49 (28th in Allround competition). Do-Yeong Park (Korea) won the 3000m with a time of 4:08.48.
Miho Takagi (Japan) won the 2012 Allround Champion title, Acker finished 16th , Curwin 25th, and Rowe 30th in Allround standings.
Extended results from today’s races in Obihiro are available at http://www.skatingjapan.jp/wcss2012/results.htm . The 2012 Junior Long Track World Championsips conclude tomorrow with the ladies 500m (2), men’s 100m and the ladies and men’s Team Pursuit events.