Laurent Dubreuil Extends Streak of World Cup Medals in Men’s 500m

 

Lévis, QC native skates to silver and fourth podium finish in the distance this season

STAVANGER, NORWAY – Laurent Dubreuil is proving to be a consistent medal contender in the men’s 500m on the ISU World Cup Speed Skating circuit. In the final day of competition in Norway on Sunday, the 29-year-old sprinted his way to a silver medal and his fourth podium finish in four 500m races this season.
 
Skating in the final pair against Japan’s Tatsuya Shinhama, Dubreuil went stride for stride with his biggest competitor so far on the World Cup circuit. It was a close finish, with Shinhama (34.578) narrowly edging out the Canadian (34.610) for gold.
 
After four races, Dubreuil leads the overall World Cup standings in the men’s 500m with 216 points, only two points ahead of Shinhama. Artem Arefyev of Russia skated a time of 34.671 to take bronze on Sunday and sits third overall with 181 points.
 
Canadians also earned three top-five finishes in B Division racing on Sunday. Brooklyn McDougall (Calgary, AB) posted the fastest time in the women’s 500m, Valérie Maltais (Saguenay, QC) was third in the women’s 1500m, and Gilmore Junio (Calgary, AB) skated to fifth in the men’s 500m.
 
The next stop on the World Cup circuit takes place December 3-5 in Salt Lake City before the Canadian team plays host during the final World Cup in Calgary from December 10-12. That event will serve as the last opportunity for skaters to earn valuable points toward Olympic qualification.

QUOTE

"It's really fun to win a medal again, in what is probably the best sequence in my career. The 500m is so close each time; I won each of my medals by less than a tenth of a second so I don't have room for error. To see that I am able to put forth four very consistent races, at such a high level, is very encouraging. Shinhama is my biggest rival and we challenge one another a lot. To be in the last pair with him helped us both to perform at our best. Skating against the best athletes in the world motivates me and brings out my top performace."

- Laurent Dubreuil

FULL CANADIAN RESULTS

Women’s 500m

Heather McLean – 15th

Marsha Hudey – 16th

Brooklyn McDougall – 1st (Div. B)

Kaylin Irvine – 6th (Division B)

Men’s 500m

Laurent Dubreuil – 2nd

Gilmore Junio – 5th (Division B)

Alex Boisvert-Lacroix – 6th (Div. B)

Jacob Graham – 31st (Division B)

Men’s 1500m

Connor Howe – 13th

Tyson Langelaar – 19th

Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu – 13th (Division B)

Women's 1500m

Ivanie Blondin – 13th

Isabelle Weidemann – 14th

Valérie Maltais – 3rd (Division B)

Alexa Scott – 6th (Division B)

Maddison Pearman – 11th (Div. B)