Dubreuil posts 10th straight World Cup top 10 in 500m with 6th place in Heerenveen

Laurent Dubreuil of Lévis, Que., posted his 10th straight top-10 result in a men's 500m at an ISU World Cup long track speed skating event, when he came up with 6th place, Sunday, in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

The weekend's World Cup stage was the last before the ISU World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships, which will also be held in Heerenveen, on Feb. 14-16.

Dubreuil, who has won four World Cup medals this season during his streak of top-10 results, posted a time of 35.15 seconds, Sunday. He was followed by teammate Jamie Gregg of Edmonton, 8th in 35.16, while Gilmore Junio of Calgary was 12th (35.32) and Alex Boisvert-Lacroix of Sherbrooke, Que., 15th (35.45).

“It was a similar race to Saturday's”, said Dubreuil, who also finished sixth in the opening 500m of the weekend. “There were many positive aspects and some aspects that need improving. I would have liked to have done better in the first 30 metres. I felt I was in catch-up mode for the rest of the race. But overall, it was a good preparation for the World Championships.”

Following Sunday’s races, Jessica Gregg of Edmonton and Richard Maclennan of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., have been added to the World Single Distance Championships national team, as they were the top Canadians in the 1000m events on the last day of the Heerenveen World Cup, Sunday.

These spots became available after Canadian skaters who had already qualified, but also qualified for other events, were withdrawn from the 1000m races at the World Championships to ensure that everyone could prepare and perform at an optimal level.

Jessica Gregg got Canada’s second spot in the 1000m by posting a time of 1:20.03, good for 8th place in the B race.

"I’m very excited to get another chance to skate this weekend coming up at the World single distance Championships," said the 26-year-old skater, who made the move from short track last fall after a successful career that saw her win a silver medal in relay at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
“I had a pretty smooth transition to long track this summer with the help of my coach and my awesome teammates. It's definitely a lot different than short track, but I am really enjoying it and am very happy I was able to qualify for a World Cup this year and now, the World Single Distance Championships!"

Maclennan got Canada's third spot at the World Championships with a time of 1:10.56, which earned him 12th spot on Sunday. He will join Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., and Vincent de Haitre of Cumberland, Ont., in the 1000m.

"I had a pretty rough week leading up — not an ideal week —, but I really held it together today and had a pretty good 1000m, one of my best finishes in the World Cup this season,” said Maclennan who is now looking forward to the World Single Distance Championships.

"I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing because it seems to be working pretty well and hopefully, I'll have the best race I could possibly have at the world singles."

De Haitre was the top Canadian in the 1000m, Sunday, placing 10th in 1:10.16. Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg was 13th in 1:10.64. Morrison did not compete after placing fifth on Saturday as he opted out to focus on the World Single Distance Championships next weekend.

500m A - W
16. Marsha Hudey (39.19)

500m A - M
6. Laurent Dubreuil (35.15)
8. Jamie Gregg (35.16)
12. Gilmore Junio (35.32)
15. Alex Boisvert-Lacroix (35.45)

1000m A - M
10. Vincent de Haître (1:10.16)
12. Richard Maclennan (1:10.56)
13. Tyler Derraugh (1.10:64)

500m B - W
3. Heather McLean (39.77)
5. Jessica Gregg (39.87)
7. Kali Christ (39.92)
11. Tamara Oudenaarden (40.18)

500m B - M
6. Tyler Derraugh (35.86)

1000m B - W
8. Jessica Gregg (1:20.03)
12. Alexandra Ianculescu (1:20.52)
15. Heather McLean (1:21.13)
16. Marsha Hudey (1 :21.19)
19. Tamara Oudenaarden (1:21.59)

1000m B - M
7. Alexandre St-Jean (1:11.68)
9. Jamie Gregg (1:11.84)

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