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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

3 additional World Cup medals for Canada in speed skating

Key sentence:

  • Laurent Dubreuil of Levis, Que., was second in the men’s 500 metres, Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa was second in the women’s mass start.
  • Canada won three medals, and on Saturday, Blondin and the women’s team pursuit squad won gold.

On Sunday, Canada won three more gold medals in World Cup speedskating.

Laurent Dubreuil of Levis, Que., was second in the men’s 500 metres, Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa was second in the women’s mass start, and the men’s team pursuit was second.

Dubreuil ran 34.734 seconds to take bronze in the inaugural men’s 500 metres on Friday. Tatsuya Shinhama of Japan won in 34.699 seconds, with teammate Wataru Morishige (34.746) coming in third.

Dubreuil’s fifth consecutive podium finish at 500 metres on the world level came in the form of silver.

In a news statement issued by Speed Skating Canada following the race in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland, he commented, “I am delighted with my day today and my first World Cup (of the season) overall.” “With the depth of this field, being on the podium two times in two 500-meter events is not simple.”

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On Friday, Canada won three medals, and on Saturday, Blondin and the women’s team pursuit squad won gold.

Blondin fought for the position for the majority of the women’s mass start on Sunday, eventually outpacing Francesca Lollobrigida of Italy to win silver in eight minutes 25.490 seconds.

Irene Schouten (8:25.210) of the Netherlands won gold, while Lollobrigida (8:25.650) claimed bronze.

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Blondin explained, “There was a lot of activity going on in the middle of the race, and I had to struggle to stay in a good place.” “But that’s where I’m most comfortable, so I was right at home.”

Jordan Belchos of Toronto, Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary, and Connor Howe of Canmore, Alta., finished second in the men’s team pursuit with a time of 3:45.763. The Netherlands took first place in 3:44.567, with Japan in third place (3:45.817).

Last season, Canada’s highest finish on the World Cup circuit was silver.

Belchos stated, “We skated pretty well and weren’t far off from putting it all together.” “I believe we are completely capable of winning when the time comes.”

The Canadian Press initially published this information on November 14, 2021.

Source: CBC news

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