Blondin wins mass start & continues podium streak, Dubreuil misses 500m medal by 0.07 seconds on last day of Heerenveen World Cup

Ivanie Blondin won her second mass start of the season on Sunday, pushing her podium streak in that event to four races and giving her five medals this season at the ISU long track speed skating World Cup.

Meanwhile, Laurent Dubreuil, who was looking for a medal in a fifth-straight 500m race, missed his target by 0.07 seconds, finishing fourth.

Blondin's winning time in the 16-lap mass start race was eight minutes, 24.01 seconds. She finished 0.02 seconds ahead of Bo-Reum Kim of South Korea.

The 24-year-old Ottawa skater also has won one silver and one bronze in mass start as well as a bronze in the 5000m event so far this season. She won the season’s opening mass start in Obihiro, Japan on Nov. 23 and now has eight World Cup medals for her career.

"I'm extremely pleased with how that raced turned out. I had a plan and I stuck with it”, she said, referring to her plan of not letting the Netherlands' Irene Schouten get too far ahead, as she did in Berlin the preview week where Blondin won silver.

"It's such a great way to end the five weeks away from home."

Blondin also won the 1500m B group women's race Sunday, putting her on the podium twice for the day.

Dubreuil finished fourth in 35.07 seconds but was edged for bronze by Jan Smeekens of the Netherlands, who had a time of 35.01. Pavel Kulizhnikov of Russia won the men's 500m in 34.58.

The 22-year-old skater from Levis, Que., has two silver and two bronze medals so far this season, one of those being a bronze he won in the first 500m held in Heerenveen on Friday, with a time of 35.16. Those medals represent the first four podiums of his young career.

“There's no doubt I would have loved to be on the podium again, but I'm still satisfied with my performance”, said Dubreuil. “My time today was faster that Friday's and I feel I had a better skate. It's also my best time ever on a surface at sea level, so this trip (in Asia and Europe) has been a good one… But I'm still looking forward to going back home!”

The Canadian team returns home on Monday to begin preparing for the Canadian single distance championships, which will be held in Calgary from Jan. 2-5, 2015. The next World Cup will be Jan. 31. and Feb. 1, 2015 in Hamar, Norway.

Also Sunday, four-time World Cup medalist Gilmore Junio of Calgary posted his fifth top-10 result in a 500m race this year, placing eighth with a time of 35.12. 

Kali Christ of Regina registered her first top 10 of the season and fourth in 15 career 1500m races. She skated a time of 1:58.37 on Sunday to secure 10th spot. She was also seventh in mass start.

Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg had a strong skate in men’s mass start and finished fourth. Rob Watson of Whitby, Ont., was 13th.

Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., was 11th in the men’s 1500m in 1:47.92, while Alec Janssens of Chilliwack, B.C., was 18th.

Marsha Hudey of White City, Sask., won the women’s B group 500m. Heather McLean of Winnipeg placed third. Alexandra Ianculescu of Toronto was 10th and Tamara Oudenaarden of Edmonton, 13th.

William Dutton of Humboldt, Sask., led the Canadian men in the B group 500m, placing fourth. Richard Maclennan of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., was right behind in fifth, followed by Derraugh in 15th.

Competing along with Blondin in 1500m B group were Josie Spence of Kamloops, B.C. (10th) and Kate Hanly of Winnipeg (14th).

Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary was eighth in men’s B group 1500m and Vincent de Haitre of Cumberland, Ont., was 24th.

More information can be found through Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.

Today’s Canadian results:
Mass Start – W
Gold: Ivanie Blondin (8:24.01)
7: Kali Christ (8:27.76)

500m A - M
4: Laurent Dubreuil (35.07)
8: Gilmore Junio (35.12)

Mass Start – M
4: Tyler Derraugh (7:46.38)
13: Robert Watson (7:35.27)

1500m A - W
10: Kali Christ (1:58.37)

1500m A - M
11: Denny Morrison (1:47.92)
18: Alec Janssens (1:49.49)

1500m B - W
1: Ivanie Blondin (1:58.21)
10: Josie Spence (2:04.55)
14: Kate Hanly (2:05.34)

1500m B - M
8: Ted-Jan Bloemen (1:49.17)
24: Vincent De Haitre (1:51.90)

500m B - W
1: Marsha Hudey (39.14)
3: Heather McLean (39.36)
10: Alexandra Ianculescu (39.79)
13: Tamara Oudenaarden (40.19)

500m B - M
4: William Dutton (35.72)
5: Richard Maclennan (35.74)
15: Tyler Derraugh (36.02)

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