Laurent Dubreuil finishes 12th overall at the ISU World Sprint Championships

He took second spot in Sunday's second 500m

Changchun, China, March 4, 2018 – Laurent Dubreuil from Lévis, QC, came up with a second-place finish in Sunday's second 500m event scheduled at the ISU World Sprint Championships in Changchun, China, which allowed him to move up one spot in the overall ranking and finish the competition in 12th place.
 
Thirteenth overall after the first day, Saturday, Dubreuil was able on Sunday to improve on both his results from the previous day.
 
In the 500m, Dubreuil skated to a time of 34.99 seconds, good for second place. The race was won by Norway's Håvard Holmefjord Lorentzen (34.96), while Dutch skater Ronald Mulder (35.04) came in third.
 
In the 1000m that followed, the 25-year-old Canadian skater took 14th place in 1:10.82. Dutch skaters Kjeld Nuis (1:09.11) and Kai Verbij (1:09.47) respectively finished first and third. Germany's Nico Ihle (1:09.29) was second.
 
“My 500m went very well, it was my best race in that distance since my World Cup win in Heerenveen last November, and one of the best races of my career,” said Dubreuil who, on Saturday, was 10th in the 500m and 17th in the 1000m. “Finishing second, three hundredths of a second away from the Olympic champion, and ahead of all the other guys from the top-5 at the PyeongChang Games, makes up for an up-and-down season a little bit, and it's a great way to finish the year.”

“As for my 1000m, it went a little better than yesterday,” added Dubreuil. “I changed my approach and that allowed me to improve on my time and my result. I would have liked to finish in the top-10 overall, but 12th is good and I couldn't do much better considering I wasn't in quite good enough shape for the 1000m.”
 
In the final overall ranking, Håvard Holmefjord Lorentzen, the 2018 Olympic champion in the 500m distance, finished first, followed by Nuis, who won the 1000m event at the PyeongChang Games, and Verbij, the overall winner last year in Calgary.
 
On the women's side, Jorien ter Mors of the Netherlands finished first overall, after settling for third place overall over the last two years. She was followed by Brittany Bowe of the United States, who won the 2015 and 2016 World Sprint Championships, and Olga Fatkulina from Russia.
 
Reigning world title holder Nao Kodaira of Japan, who won gold in the 500m and silver in the 1000m at the PyeongChang Games, had to drop out of the competition before the weekend's last event, after she won both 500m races and finished fourth in Saturday's 1000m.
 
At the ISU World Sprint Championships, two 500m events and two 1000m races were scheduled in a format where a champion was to be crowned based on the cumulative ranking. Each day, one race in each distance was held, and the only medals awarded came at the end of the competition, based on cumulative ranking.

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