Laurent Dubreuil 13th after the first day of the ISU World Sprint Championships

Changchun, China, March 3, 2018 – Laurent Dubreuil from Lévis, QC, is currently 13th in the men's cumulative ranking at the ISU World Sprint Championships held in Changchun, China, after the first two events have been completed.
On Saturday, Dubreuil finished in 10th place of the first 500m race (35.07) and 17th in the first 1000m (1:11.04).
Norway's Håvard Holmefjord Lorentzen, who won the 500m (34.89) and was second in the 1000m (1:09.21) on Saturday, is first overall, followed by Dutch skaters Kai Verbij, who was seventh in the 500m and third in the 1000m, and Kjeld Nuis, who came in 12th in the 500m and first in the 1000m.
“My 500m was very good as I was only 0.19 seconds away from the winner and Olympic champion (Holmefjord Lorentzen),” noted Laurent Dubreuil, the only Canadian skater at this weekend's competition. “That was my best race since November! I had quite a tough time in the 1000m, however. I wasn't in the right shape physically to skate well over the last lap on this slow ice. I hope to improve on my ranking in both races tomorrow.”
At the ISU World Sprint Championships, two 500m events and two 1000m races are scheduled in a format where a champion is to be crowned based on the cumulative ranking. Each day, one race in each distance is held, and the only medals to be awarded will come at the end of the competition, based on cumulative ranking.
Slated on the last day of the competition, Sunday, are the second events in both distances, the 500m and the 1000m.

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