64 skaters advanced to Friday night's Elimination Round as more than 100 hopefuls from the Canadian qualifiers took to the ice in Thursday's National Shoot Out.
The 584-metre-long track saw its first serious action on Thursday as the athletes battled it out for a place in the next round of competition via a series of individual timed runs.
An American, Brian Schack, came out on top with a time of 57.14 seconds, with Canadians Daniel Guolla and Adam Skube, who were separated by less than a tenth of a second, in second and third, respectively, offering a tantalising prelude to what promises to be a thrilling weekend of racing.
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