Belchos is sixth in mass start at World Cup

Jordan Belchos is sixth in mass start at World Cup in Germany

INZELL, Germany
- Jordan Belchos had Canada’s best finish today at the Essent ISU World Cup #7 in Inzell, Germany, taking sixth place in the mass start. Today’s races featured the men’s 1,500 metres and mass start, and women’s 3,000 metres.

Belchos, of Toronto, was sixth in the division A mass start after earning three points. Over the 20-lap race, skaters are awarded points for four sprints. Dutch skaters took the gold and bronze medals. Arjan Stroetinga collected 38 points for first place, while teammate Christijn Groeneveld had 15 points for third place. Latvia’s Haralds Silvos earned 23 points to take the silver medal.

Ivanie Blondin, of Ottawa, was 15th today in the division A 3,000 metres after skating to a time of four minutes and 16.97 seconds. In division B, Winnipeg’s Cindy Klassen was sixth with a time of 4:11.94.

In the men’s division A 1,500 metres, Lucas Makowsky of Regina recorded a time of one minute and 48.71 seconds for 17th place, and Winnipeg’s Tyler Derraugh followed behind in 18th place with a time of 1:48.90. In division B action, Guillaume Blais-Dufour, of Quebec City, stopped the clock in 1:48.70 seconds to take fifth place, while Mathieu Giroux, of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., had a time of 1:49.81 for 11th place.

Giroux also skated in the division B mass start instead of Blais-Dufour, who was one of many Canadian skaters suffering from the flu over the weekend. After not properly reporting the change to the officials, Giroux was disqualified for wearing the wrong transponder.

The World Cup Podium Tracker by Intact Insurance stands at $39,000 (10 gold, 17 silver; 12 bronze). Intact Insurance will award $1,000 in cash and prizes to a local speed skating club with each individual medal win.