Laurent Dubreuil wins fourth-straight long track World Cup medal with bronze in 500m in the Netherlands

Laurent Dubreuil won his fourth-straight ISU World Cup long track speed skating medal in the 500 metres, Friday, in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

Dubreuil turned in a 35.16 seconds skate for the bronze medal. Pavel Kulizhnikov of Russia won gold in 34.63 and Poland’s Artur Was came up with silver in 34.91.

The Levis, Que., native now has two silver and two bronze medals this season. They are the 22-year-old’s first four career World Cup medals.

Dubreuil came up with yet another medal performance although he suffered a slight hamstring injury in training, earlier this week, which disrupted his training routine.

“It wasn't my best race of this trip, but considering that my preparation was less than ideal, I'm quite satisfied with my performance”, said Dubreuil.

Gilmore Junio of Calgary was 15th in men’s 500m with a time of 35.45.

Also on Friday, Canada finished very close to a bronze medal in men’s team pursuit while Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa took another step closer to her first World Cup 3000m podium with a fourth-place performance.

This fourth position is Blondin’s career best in 13 outings at a World Cup 3000m event, and is one spot better than last week’s fifth in Berlin, Germany. She was 0.38 seconds from a bronze.

“I’m super excited about finishing fourth,” said Blondin, who has won medals in mass start women's race this season. “It’s not on the podium but it’s right there with all the top girls. I should have kept my one arm on my back in the last lap to compose my technique. But the good thing is that there is still room to improve.”

Jordan Belchos of Markham, Ont., Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary and Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., were just five-100ths of a second out of the bronze and only one second from winning gold. They recorded a 3:45.57 and were fourth behind Norway’s third-place time of 3:45.52.
“I know we have a team that can medal and contend for the win every weekend. Today just wasn't our day”, said Belchos. “I think our team as a whole can do more. I'm really excited to see what we can do at the World Championships.”
Kali Christ of Regina posted a top 10 in the women’s 3,000m B group with a strong 4:13.77 for eighth. Lauren McGuire of Ottawa finished 22nd.

Heather McLean of Winnipeg recorded a second straight B 500m top 3 with her third place skate of 39.28. It was a shade faster than the 39.31 that was good for second in Berlin, Germany on Dec. 7.

Also in the 500m B group, Alexandra Ianculescu of Toronto was fifth — her best result in seven World Cup races in her first season on the senior circuit. Marsha Hudey of White City, Sask., was 10th and Tamara Oudenaarden of Edmonton, 17th.

Richard Maclennan of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., was 14th in men’s 500m B, followed by William Dutton of Humboldt, Sask., 15th and Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg, 17th.

On Saturday, skaters will race the men's and women's 1000m, the men’s 5000m and women’s team pursuit. The World Cup concludes Sunday, Dec. 14 with another 500m, both 1500m events and the men’s and women’s mass starts.
 
More information, including the complete schedule and the lists of entrants for each race (posted the night before each event), can be found through Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.
 
Live streaming of A group races in Heerenveen will be available at http://livemanager.eurovision.edgesuite.net/isu/index.html.

TODAY'S CANADIAN RESULTS
500m A – M
BRONZE: Laurent Dubreuil (35.16)
15: Gilmore Junio (35.45)

3000m A – W
4: Ivanie Blondin (4:06.33)
Team Pursuit – M
4: Jordan Belchos, Ted-Jan Bloemen and Denny Morrison (3:45.57)

500m B – W
3: Heather McLean (39.28)
5: Alexandra Ianculescu (39.36)
10: Marsha Hudey (39.59)
17: Tamara Oudenaarden (40.21)

3000m B – W
8: Kali Christ (4:13.77)
22: Lauren McGuire (4:22.58)

500m B – M
14: Richard Maclennan (35.91)
15: William Dutton (35.93)
17: Tyler Derraugh (35.95)

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