Ted-Jan Bloemen seventh after the 500m & 5000m races at the ISU World Allround Championships

Berlin, Germany, March 5, 2016 – Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary is seventh in overall standings at the 2016 ISU World Allround Speed Skating Championships taking place in Berlin, Germany, following the men's 500m and 5000m races that were held on Saturday, on the first day of the two-day competition. Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa is 15th on the women's side.

In the men's 500m, the first race slated over the weekend, Ted-Jan Bloemen ended up 21st with a time of 37.68 seconds. And in the 5000m that followed, Bloemen took fourth place by skating the distance in 6:19.84.

"My 5000m was really good from the start. I was technically really strong. I blew up a bit at the end, but I plan to do that better next time, said Ted-Jan Bloemen.I felt like my 500 wasn't bad, it's hard for me to do a fast 500m, because I usually only take part in the long distances."

Bloemen will skate in Sunday's 1500m and will attempt to stay among the top-8 athletes in overall standings, who will then take part in the final race of the weekend, the 10,000m. It is in that distance that Bloemen set a new world record last November.

"It looks like for now I did well enough to be in the 10,000m," noted Bloemen, alluding to the seventh-place spot he occupies after Saturday's races. "I'll be looking to do better tomorrow. I want to give a good show in the 10,000m."

Ivanie Blondin, for her part, finished 10th in the 500m (39.86) and 16th in the 3000m (4:14.13), good for 15th place in overall standings after two races.

"I wasn't super satisfied with my 500m race," recognized Blondin. "I felt good, but my times weren't as quick as I would have liked. In the 3000m, I came up with another race just like the one at the World Single Distance Championships. I felt good all week, but my energy level at the time of the race simply wasn't there."

TODAY’S CANADIAN RESULTS

Overall ranking (after day 1)
M
7: Ted-Jan Bloemen

W
15: Ivanie Blondin

500m M
21: Ted-Jan Bloemen (37.68)

500m W
10: Ivanie Blondin (39.86)

5000m M
4: Ted-Jan Bloemen (6:19.84)

3000m W
16: Ivanie Blondin (4:14.13)

More details are available at Speed Skating Canada's web site at www.speedskating.ca.

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