Laurent Dubreuil wins silver in men’s 500m at World Cup in Berlin, Germany

Laurent Dubreuil of Levis, Que., won his second-straight ISU World Cup long track speed skating medal on Friday, capturing a silver in the men’s 500m event in Berlin.

Dubreuil won his first World Cup medal in his previous race, a bronze claimed in Seoul, South Korea on November 23.

Dubreuil finished in 35.09 seconds, Friday, and narrowly missed the gold, which was won by Artur Was of Poland in 35.01. Reigning Olympic 500m champion Michel Mulder of the Netherlands took bronze in 35.12.

“It was a great race,” said Dubreuil. “I had a so-so start, but it was the only part of the race that I'd like to do over. The rest was very good, which gave way to a very fast lap. I knew it was a going to be a special race even before I hit the finish line. When I saw my time of 35.09, I had a good idea it would be good enough for a podium!”

Dubreuil, 22, currently holds the world junior 500m record of 34.66, which he skated in his second career World Cup race on Jan. 22, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He finished fourth in that event. Dubreuil was the 2012 world junior 500m champion.

Gilmore Junio of Calgary was eighth (35.08) in the men's 500m. There is another 500m at the Berlin World Cup on Sunday.

On the women's side, Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa had a top 10 in the 3000m with a seventh-place showing in 4:09.35. This is her best World Cup finish in 13 appearances in the 3000m event.

Blondin is off to a flying start this season. She has won a gold and bronze in mass start, as well as a bronze in the 5000m so far. 

“I’m not super pleased with the race today,” Blondin said. “But being hard on myself is one of the main reasons why I am competing with the top skaters. Like my coach Mark Wild said in a message to me (from Calgary) after my race, ‘expect your best performance out of yourself each race’.”

Jordan Belchos of Markham, Ont., Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary and Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg were sixth out of 11 countries in team pursuit (3:49.88).

Josie Spence of Kamloops, B.C., was 12th in the women’s 3,000m B group, followed by Lauren McQuire of Ottawa in 17th place.

Three Canadian women finished in the top-10 in the 500m B race. Marsha Hudey of White City, Sask., was fourth, Heather McLean of Winnipeg fifth and Alexandra Ianculescu of Toronto, seventh. Edmonton’s Tamara Oudenaarden placed 13th.

Richard Maclennan of Sault Ste. Marie had a top 10 in the men’s 500m B race, finishing ninth. William Dutton of Humboldt, Sask., was 15th and Derraugh, 17th.

The Berlin World Cup continues Saturday with the men’s and women’s 1000m, the men’s 5000m and the women’s team pursuit.

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 Berlin will be available at http://livemanager.eurovision.edgesuite.net/isu/index.html.
 
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