Blondin claims silver and Dubreuil secures bronze at the long track World Cup in Poland
On Sunday at the ISU Speed Skating World Cup in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland, Ivanie Blondin won the mass start silver medal while Laurent Dubreuil collected a 500-metre bronze.
It came down to the final lap of the ladies’ mass start, as Ivanie Blondin was neck and neck with Irene Schouten from the Netherlands. Blondin’s time of 9:03.410s put her behind Schouten (9:03.260s) for the silver medal. Last weekend, Blondin defeated Schouten for gold. The bronze medal went to Japan’s Nana Takagi (9:03.430s).
Canada’s Laurent Dubreuil crossed the finish line in 34.975 seconds. Japan’s Tatsuya Shinhama (34.732) and Yuma Murakami (34.734) claimed the top two spots on the podium.
This is Team Canada’s fourth medal, and both Blondin and Dubreuil’s second medal at this World Cup. Yesterday, David La Rue, Alex Boisvert-Lacroix and Laurent Dubreuil joined forces to win the team sprint bronze. Isabelle Weidemann, Ivanie Blondin and Valérie Maltais also won a bronze medal in the team pursuit.
Canada will make an appearance at the next Long Track World Cup in Nur-Sultan, KAZ on December 6-8.