Sean McAnuff Closes Out Strong At Dresden World Cup

This weekend Sean McAnuff was the sole Irish representative at the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating in Dresden, Germany where he raced over two distances.

First up for McAnuff were the 1000 metres Preliminaries where he was drawn in Heat 10. Fourth place in a time of 1:27.702 just saw him narrowly missing out on advancing to the Heats later on that morning.

McAnuff’s second event of the opening day of competition was the 500 metres Prelimaries where he again was unlucky not advance from Heat 12 after finishing third with a time of 42.669.

He was back on the second day of the World Cup for the 1000 metres Repechage Quarterfinals lining up in Heat 5. In a close tussle for third place, he was edged out and came fourth in a time of 1:28.815.

The 500 metres Repechage Quarterfinals took place on the third and final day of racing. McAnuff came close to breaking his own Irish record when he crossed the line in 42.478 for fourth place.

“Although I did not advance on to the afternoon races this weekend, I am very pleased with my improvements in racing and how I executed my race strategies,” McAnuff said. “My times were competitive and consistent, and my 500 metre time was within fractions of breaking the Irish record, that I hold. My coaches have encouraged me that I remain very much on track with their training and race plans to achieve peak performance. Back to training tomorrow!