Bloemen sets Canadian record in 10,000m at ISU Fall World Cup Long Track Selections

Ted-Jan Bloemen broke a long-standing Canadian record in the men’s 10,000m race, Saturday at the Calgary Olympic Oval, at Speed Skating Canada's ISU Fall World Cup Long Track Selections.

The Dutch-born skater, who moved to Calgary in June to skate for his father’s place of birth, finished in 13 minutes 7.38 seconds to top the mark of 13:10.58 that Arne Dankers posted in 2005 in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

Other winners on Saturday were Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa in the women’s 5,000m race, as well as Laurent Dubreuil of Lévis (Saint-Jean-Chrysostome), Que., and Marsha Hudey of White City, Sask., in the men's and women's 500m events.

The last day of selections, Sunday, will start at 2 p.m., local time, with the men’s and women’s 1,000m races, followed by the two mass starts.

“I was just trying to go as fast as I could,” said Bloemen, who has his Canadian citizenship papers and picked up his passport on Friday. “It felt really hard today. I really had to work for it, it didn’t come easy. I’m really happy that I made it happen.”

Second place in the men’s 10k went to Jordan Belchos of Markham, Ont., in 13:20.89, with Stefan Waples of Winnipeg finishing third in 13:46.90. Belchos was approximately two seconds off his personal best of 13:18.41.

Bloemen also threatened Dankers’ national record in the 5,000m event, Friday, at the selections. He came 1.75 seconds short of claiming that mark in a victory. Bloemen also skated the 1,500m on Thursday and placed fourth.

His coach Bart Schouten, who is also from the Netherlands, predicted prior to the race that Bloemen would break the record, and his skater delivered.

“This is the third day of the trials and Ted-Jan has done three personal bests and a Canadian record in the 10k,” Schouten said. “The 10k was a little bit harder than he expected, but the third day of racing is often pretty hard.”

Also very happy was Dubreuil, who suffered heartbreak at the 2014 Canadian Olympic selections when he missed a trip to Sochi by five hundredths of a second in the 500m.

Dubreuil won the two-run 500m on Saturday in 69.65 seconds. He edged Gilmore Junio of Calgary, who finished second in 69.72. Jamie Gregg of Edmonton claimed third in 69.87.

“I get extra motivation from coming back after I’ve failed at something,” Dubreuil said after posting times of 34.81 and 34.84. It makes me boil inside and then I just have to put it on the ice, and go really fast. That’s what I was able to do this time and I’m twice as happy because of it.”

Hudey posted a time of 76.90, followed by Heather McLean of Winnipeg (77.14) and Alexandra Ianculescu of Toronto (77.87).

“I haven’t been skating too badly this fall, but I wanted to put together two really good races and get as close to my personal best (of 38.24) as I could. I was pretty close,” Hudey pointed out after posting identical times of 38.45.

Blondin, who also won the 3,000m on Friday, finished in 7:07.32. Josie Spence of Kamloops, B.C., was second in 7:18.66, with her sister Victoria Spence third in 7:19.58.

“I fought through the whole race to keep lap times and it’s my second-fastest 5k that I’ve ever skated. So I’m pretty happy about it,” Blondin said.

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