Laurent Dubreuil & Ivanie Blondin push their podium streak to three

Laurent Dubreuil of Levis, Que., and Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa both extended their ISU World Cup long track speed skating podium streaks to three races in Berlin on Sunday.

Dubreuil captured his third straight 500m medal, a bronze. The 22-year-old athlete also won a silver in the first 500m in Berlin on Friday and claimed his first career World Cup medal on November 23 with a bronze in Seoul, South Korea.

Dubreuil’s time of 35.09 seconds, Sunday, put him on the podium with winner Artur Was of Poland (35.04) and Espen Aarnes Hvammen of Norway (35.06). Dubreuil earned a medal despite a slow start that had him sitting 17th after 100 metres.

Blondin, 24, captured a silver on Sunday to go with her gold medal in the season-opening mass start in Obihiro, Japan on November 16, and her bronze in Seoul on November 23. She also has a bronze this year in the 5000m.

“Although I'm a little bit disappointed after letting a chance for victory slip because of my very bad start, I'm quite satisfied with my overall performance,” said Dubreuil. “Coming back like I did, after having the second slowest start in the A group, showed me that I have a level of physical and mental strength that I didn't even know I had. I don't say this often, but I surprised myself today.”

Gilmore Junio of Calgary, Alb., finished 14th in the same race with a time of 35.39.

Blondin, who finished Sunday's mass start in 8:32.94, was edged out by Irene Schouten of the Netherlands (8:32.82). Ye Jin Jun of South Korea picked up the bronze in 8:33.37.

“I'm kicking myself in the head a little bit about the last turn. I should have stayed tight,” said Blondin. “But I'm always happy with a medal no matter what colour it is. It would have been nice if it was gold, but silver is always good too. I'm bringing another one home for Canada!”

Kali Christ of Regina, Saskatchewan, finished 6th with a time of 8:36.33 in the Mass Start event. She also took the 14th spot in the 1500m event.

Dubreuil and Blondin will try to extend their streaks at the fourth World Cup of the season, December 12-14 in Heerenveen, Netherlands. Blondin sits in first place with Schouten in the mass start World Cup season standings, while Dubreuil is second in the men's 500m standings.
In other races, Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., earned his second top-10 result of the weekend as he finished 6th in the 1500m on Sunday. He is third in World Cup standings in that distance after three races. His time of 1:47.61 was 0.47 seconds off the podium. Alec Janssens of Chilliwack, B.C., was 18th.

On Saturday, Morrison was 8th in the 1000m event.

Robert Watson of Whitby, Ont., was 5th and Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg, 18th, in Sunday's mass start on the men's side.
Heather McLean of Winnipeg finished second in the the women’s 500m B group to post her best result in six World Cup races. She improved from her 5th-place showing here on Friday. Marsha Hudey of White City, Sask., was 6th, Tamara Oudenaarden of Edmonton, 10th, and Alexandra Ianculescu of Toronto, 14th.

Richard Maclennan of Sault Ste Marie, Ont., was 9th in men’s 500m B group, followed by William Dutton of Humboldt, Sask., 11th, and Derraugh, 13th.

In the B group 1500m, Josie Spence of Kamloops, B.C., placed 15th, Lauren McGuire of Ottawa, 19th, and Kate Hanly of Calgary, 20th in the women’s race, while Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary was 5th and Vincent de Haitre of Cumberland, Ont., 11th in the men’s race.

Today’s Canadian results
Mass Start - Women
SILVER: Ivanie Blondin (8:32.94 - 80 points)
6: Kali Christ (8:36.33 - 45 points)

500m A (2) - Men
BRONZE: Laurent Dubreuil (35.09)
14: Gilmore Junio (35.39)

1500m A - Men
6: Denny Morrison (1:47.61)
18: Alec Janssens (1:50.50)

1500m A - Women
14: Kali Christ (1:59.78)

Mass Start – Men
5: Robert Watson (8:14.81 - 50 points)
18: Tyler Derraugh (7:48.90 - 8 points)

500m B (2) - Women
2: Heather McLean (2 39.31)
6: Marsha Hudey (39.71)
10: Tamara Oudenaarden (39.93)
14: Alexandra Ianculescu (40.06)

500m B (2) - Men
6: Richard Maclennan (35.70)
11: William Dutton (35.97)
13: Tyler Derraugh (36.16)

1500m B - Women
15: Josie Spence (2:03.54)
19: Lauren McGuire (2:05.92)
20: Kate Hanly (2:06.03)

1500m B - Men
5: Ted-Jan Bloemen (1:49.20)
11: Vincent De Haitre (1:50.07)

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