Ivanie Blondin Wins Mass Start Gold at World Cup in Belarus

Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu earns top-10; Laurent Dubreuil and Tyson Langelaar reach Division B podium

MINSK, BELARUS – Canada’s Ivanie Blondin won gold in a thrilling mass start race on the final day of action at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Minsk, Belarus. She completed the distance with a time of 8:22.630 and earned 60 sprint points.

The Ottawa native raced past Dutch skater Irene Schouten (8:22.710, 40 sprint points), the defending world champion, in the final straight to take the top spot on the podium. Italy’s Francesca Lollobrigida (8:23.570, 20 sprint points) took home bronze.

Fellow Italian skater Noemi Bonazza broke away from the pack after the first sprint lap, and held the lead for 10 of 16 laps, before running out of steam and getting overtaken by the group.

Blondin is no stranger to winning medals in the mass start. Since the 2012-2013 season, the two-time Olympian has captured one gold and two silver at the World Single Distance Championships, along with six gold, eleven silver and nine bronze on the World Cup circuit.

Additional Results to Note

  • Laurent Dubreuil (Lévis, Que.) won Division B of the 500m (35.371) and Tyson Langelaar (Winnipeg, Man.) was second in Division B of the 1500m (1:48.449), results that will push both skaters into Division A at next weekend’s World Cup in Poland.
  • Valérie Maltais (Saguenay, Que.) failed to qualify for the mass start finals after coming tenth in her semifinals race.

The Canadian long track team is back in action from November 22-24 in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland. Next weekend’s races will be live streamed on CBC Sports beginning at 10:00am ET on Friday and 9:00am ET on Saturday and Sunday.

QUOTES

“The race went really well. I was very patient throughout the entire race and near the finish, when there were two laps left, I had the perfect opportunity to go behind Irene Schouten. Usually it’s the other way around and she’s the one following me, so it was nice to get that draft. Into the final turn, I pulled a short track move on her: I went wide going into the turn and then really tight coming out of the turn and was able to pass her in the last 100m. It feels really great to win a gold medal…and bring home another medal for Canada.” - Ivanie Blondin

ADDITIONAL RESULTS

  • Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu (Sherbrooke, Que.): 9th in 1500m
  • Gilmore Junio (Calgary, Alta.): 14th in 500m
  • Kaylin Irvine (Calgary, Alta.): 16th in 1000m
  • Heather McLean (Winnipeg, Man.): 18th in 1000m
  • David La Rue (Saint-Lambert, Que.): 18th in 1500m
  • Alex Boisvert-Lacroix (Sherbrooke, Que.) : 4th in 500m (Division B)
  • Béatrice Lamarche (Quebec City, Que.): 14th in 1000m (Division B)
  • Ted-Jan Bloemen (Calgary, Alta.): 16th in 1500m (Division B)
  • Marsha Hudey (White City, Sask.): 18th in 1000m (Division B)

 

 

 

 

 

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