Ted-Jan Bloemen wins gold in 5000m at ISU World Cup Long Track stage in Germany

Berlin, Germany, January 28, 2017 – Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary, AB, earned his first win of the season by coming with the gold medal in the men's 5000m, Saturday, at the ISU World Cup Long Track Speed Skating stage that will be held until Sunday in Berlin, Germany.
 
Bloemen skated to a time of 6:15.84 to finish ahead of New Zealand's Peter Michael (6:16.65), who collected silver, and Dutch skater Jorrit Bergsma (6:17.99), who won bronze.
 
This is the first time ever that Bloemen has won a gold medal in a 5000m race held on the World Cup circuit.
 
The 30-year-old skater has now won three medals overall in this World Cup season, his first gold. He earned bronze in the 5000m at World Cup #3 in Astana, Kazakhstan, and another bronze in the 10,000m held at the fourth stage in Heerenveen, Netherlands. Last season, Bloemen won three World Cup medals – one gold and two bronze – in addition to coming up with a silver medal in the 10,000m at the World Single Distance Championships. He finished fifth in the 5000m at those same World Championships.

“I'm super pumped about my race,” said Ted-Jan Bloemen. “I struggled earlier this season so it was great to come up with a top-level race today. It's always hard if you are not skating the way you want to skate, it messes with your confidence. This gold medal win is really great going into the World Single Distance Championships; the second half of the season is the perfect time to get a boost of confidence like this. That definitively is important.”
 
In the first of two men's 1000m events slated for the weekend, Vincent De Haître of Cumberland, ON, finished sixth while Laurent Dubreuil from Lévis, QC, was 12th.
 
De Haître registered a time of 1:09.28 while Dubreuil skated the race in 1:10.04. Kjeld Nuis (1:08.25) and Kai Verbij (1:08.84) of the Netherlands finished first and second, followed by Norway's Håvard Holmefjord Lorentzen (1:09.03).
 
“Overall, I'm happy with my 1000m race today,” said De Haître. “It's consistent with my other results earlier this season. I'm eager to see to what extent my upcoming performances will improve, once I'll feel better rested and more fresh.”
 
“It was a good race; not great, but solid,” said Laurent Dubreuil. “I'm happy I skated better than I did yesterday, and I'm optimistic about Sunday. A 12th-place finish in the 1000m, that's by best result ever. Several skaters ranked higher than me weren't there, but I'll take it anyway!”
 
Earlier on Saturday, Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, ON, came in fourth in the B group in the women's 1500m with a time of 2:00.41.
 
On Sunday, the last day of the Berlin World Cup, the second men's 500m and the second 1000m (men's and women's) events will be held, as well as the women's 3000m.

TODAY’S CANADIAN RESULTS
5000m – M
GOLD - Ted-Jan Bloemen (6:15.84)

1000m (1) – M
6. Vincent De Haître (1:09.28)
12. Laurent Dubreuil (1:10.04)

1500m – W (B)
4. Ivanie Blondin (2:00.41)
 
More details are available on Speed Skating Canada's website at  www.speedskating.ca.

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