Ted-Jan Bloemen starts Olympic season with a new 5000m Canadian record

Calgary, September 22, 2017 – Ted-Jan Bloemen broke the Men’s 5000m Long Track Speed Skating Canadian Senior record, Friday, by clocking a time of 6:08,06 during the event held at Calgary’s Olympic Oval Fall Classic.

The 31-year old skater of Calgary, AB, lowered the previous Canadian mark by more than three seconds which was 6:11.64 and that Bloemen owned since September 24, 2016.

Finally, Bloemen won the event by more than eleven seconds in front of Kim Min-Seok (6:19.79) of South Korea and Dmitry Babenko (6:20.73) of Kazakhstan. Jordan Belchos (6:20.95) of Markham, ON, took the fourth spot.

“It went super smooth today, said Bloemen. The time of six minutes and eight seconds is what I had in mind of what I could do because I felt I’ve made some progress. But I didn’t dare believe it because it’s so much faster than I’ve ever done! I couldn’t have hoped for a better start, but don’t want to get too excited and just keep building on this. I’m getting ready for a really good season!”

Additional details are available on Speed Skating Canada’s website at www.speedskating.ca.

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Speed Skating Canada would like to thank its sponsors:

Premium partner: Intact Insurance
Funding partners: Government of Canada (Sport Canada), Own The Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee
Official On-Ice High Performance Apparel: Li-Ning
Long Track Team Sponsor: KIA
Official Suppliers: Auclair, USANA
Official Technical Equipment Supplier: Nagano Skate
Sport Development Partners: Winsport Canada, Calgary’s Olympic Oval, University of Calgary, Institut national du sport du Québec, Government of Quebec, Canadian Sport Institute-Calgary, City of Montreal, Quebec City, Conseil du sport de haut niveau de Québec

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