Canada's Pascal Dion cruised into the men's 1,000m quarter-finals at the ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup in Debrecen ©Getty Images

Canadian Olympic bronze medallist and men's 1,000 metres International Skating Union Short Track Speed Skating World Cup leader Pascal Dion eased into the quarter-finals at the Főnix Arena in Debrecen in Hungary.

The men's and women's 1,000m competitions both got underway today after 500m and 1,500m racing began yesterday.

Dion progressed through his preliminary with a time of 1min 27.042sec before clocking 1:26.490 on his way through the heats.

His compatriot Charles Hamelin, a five-time Olympic and 14-time World Championships gold medallist, was the top performer as he notched 1:24.988 in the preliminaries and bettered it with a 1:24.388 in the heats, the quickest time at both stages.

A total of 20 skaters reached the quarter-finals, with seven winning both their preliminary and heat races.

That includes the in-form Hwang Dae-heon of South Korea, a silver medallist at Pyeongchang 2018, with times of 1:26.225 and 1:25.381 respectively.

Italy's Arianna Fontana was the top performer in the preliminaries and heats in the women's 1,000m in Debrecen ©Getty Images
Italy's Arianna Fontana was the top performer in the preliminaries and heats in the women's 1,000m in Debrecen ©Getty Images

In the women's 1,000m, World Cup leader Suzanne Schulting of The Netherlands, who is also the reigning European and world champion in all three short track distances, clocked 1:35.231 in the preliminaries but had to settle for second with 1:30.862 as she progressed from the heats.

Kristen Santos of the United States, second in the season standings, won both her races in 1:30.978 and 1:29.452, with only Arianna Fontana - whose eight short-track Olympic medals is more than any other female athlete - performing better.

The Italian clocked 1:34.306 in the preliminaries and followed it up with a 1:29.298 in the heats.

Eight teams progressed to the women's 3,000m relay semi-finals.

Canada were the top performers with a time of 4:06.941, although World Cup leaders The Netherlands were closely behind in the following heat with 4:06.976.

The Dutch also comfortably recorded the best time in the men's 5,000m relay quarter-finals, clocking 6:42.778.

China were next quickest with 6:46.593, while hosts and World Cup leaders Hungary progressed with 6:57.469.

The relay semi-finals are scheduled for tomorrow, following the conclusion of the men's and women's 500m and 1,500m events.