Canada takes three long track World Cup medals in Norway
Canadians leave Stavanger, Norway with three ISU World Cup long track speed skating bronze medals as Gilmore Junio got on the podium on Sunday.
Following two earlier medals won on Saturday (more on this below), Junio took third place in the second men’s 500-metre World Cup event after narrowly missing the podium by one thousandth of a second on Friday in the first race.
Pavel Kulizhnikov of Russia won both races, as well as the men’s 1000m. His compatriot Ruslan Murashov was second ahead of Junio on Sunday.
This is the second time this season that Junio found a World Cup podium. He had previously won a 500m race in Inzell, Germany in early December, and has skated well enough this season to move up to third in the overall World Cup standings in that distance.
Kluzhnikov leads the 500m World Cup table, with Canada’s Alex Boisvert-Lacroix in second.
Saturday, January 30
Canadians grabbed two bronze medals at the ISU Speed Skating World Cup in Stavanger, Norway on Saturday – the second day of competition.
Shutout from medals on Friday as the long track World Cup schedule resumed after the holiday break, Canadian colours were flying on the podium once again thanks to Heather McLean and Ted-Jan Bloemen.
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One day after finishing fifth in the first of two women’s 500-metre World Cup races in Stavanger, McLean finished in the medals on her second attempt, skating the distance in 38.02 seconds behind two Chinese competitors, Jing Yu (37.63s) and Hong Zhang (37.82s). McLean had an identical time when she made her first World Cup podium in Inzell, Germany in December.
Bloemen grabbed the third place medal in men’s 5000m, the distance specialist who has a 10000m world record this year, recorded a time of six minutes and 18.05 seconds in Norway, with Dutch duo Sven Kramer (6:15.71) and Jorrit Bergsma (6: 17.59) finishing ahead of him.
Competition continues on Sunday at the fifth of six World Cup stops of the season.