Laurent Dubreuil posts 2nd best-ever World Cup result in Obihiro, Japan

Laurent Dubreuil of Lévis, Qué., came up with his second-best career result at a senior World Cup, Friday, as he placed sixth in the men's A 500m on the opening day of the ISU World Cup long track speed skating competition in Obihiro, Japan.

Dubreuil, 22, was the top Canadian of the day as he posted a time of 35,31 seconds on the same track where he captured the world junior title in that distance in 2012.

Jan Smeekens of the Netherlands won Friday's race in 35.06. Gilmore Junio of Calgary was ninth in 35.50, followed by William Duton of Humboldt, Sask., 12th in 35.63.

Dubreuil’s top result on the senior World Cup circuit came when he was still a junior-age skater. He placed fourth at a World Cup in Salt Lake City, Utah on Jan. 22, 2012 and he set the current world junior world record of 34.66 in that race.

“Although this is my second best result, I feel I had more in me and didn't skate as well as I did in (Thursday's) training,” said Dubreuil. “While I'm somewhat satisfied of my sixth place, it hurts to be so close to the podium considering I didn't have the greatest of races. I really look forward to improving on my ranking Sunday.”

Marsha Hudey of White City, Sask., had her top showing in eight World Cup 500m races so far. She was 17th in the A group in 39.34 seconds. Her previous best was a pair of 19th place finishes at her first World Cup, Nov. 8-9, 2013 at the Olympic Oval in Calgary.

Current world record holder Sang-Hwa Lee of South Korea captured the women’s 500m in 38.07.
Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa continued her strong skating as she won the women’s 3,000m B event in 4:08.23. She took first place by 3.96 seconds over Yuliya Skokova of Russia. Other Canadians in that race were Josie Spence of Kamloops, B.C., who was 13th (4:21.07) in her World Cup debut, and Lauren McGuire of Ottawa, who placed 15th in 4:23.53.

In the men’s 5,000m B event, Jordan Belchos of Markham, Ont., placed third in 6:37.60 and Stefan Waples of Winnipeg, ninth in 6:44.56.

Heather McLean of Winnipeg was the top Canadian in the women’s 500m B race. She was eighth in 39.69. Alexandra Ianculescu of Toronto finished 11th in her World Cup debut in 40.05. Tamara Oudenaarden of Edmonton was 13th in 40.39.

Richard MacLennan of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., finished seventh in the men’s 500m B race in 35.83. Vincent de Haitre of Cumberland, Ont., who will also compete in the 1,000m on Saturday, was 13th in 36.03.

On Saturday, the men’s and women’s 1,000m will be contested along with both team pursuit events. Canada’s 2014 Olympic star Denny Morrison, who won a silver medal in the 1,000m at 2014 Winter Olympics last February, is scheduled to skate Saturday.

The Obihiro World Cup wraps up Sunday with the final two 500m events, both 1,500m races as well as the men’s and women’s mass starts.

For complete results of Friday’s competition and a pairings list for Saturday’s events please visit http://live.isuresults.eu/2014-2015/obihiro/.

More information is available at Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.
 
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