OBIHIRO, Japan – The Canadian long track team won its first medal of the season, a bronze medal in the men's sprint event, on Sunday in an ISU event of the World Cup speed skating.
Laurent Dubreuil de Levis, Que., Antoine Gelinas-Beaulieu of Sherbrooke, Que. And Christopher Fiola of Montreal posted a time of one minute 20.980 seconds and scored 96 points in the race, which put them in the position of bronze medal, behind the silver medalist. Norway and gold medalist in the Netherlands.
"The race was very good," said Fiola. "The other teams were very quick, but we still got the bronze medal." "It's really encouraging that the World Cups come and we know we can do even better."
Canada ranked fifth in the women's team sprint, behind a podium that included Russia, Japan and the Netherlands. Kaylin Irvine of Calgary, Heather McLean of Winnipeg and Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa posted a time of 1: 29.540 and scored 80 points.
After a fifth place finish in the ladies' start race on Saturday, Blondin got another impressive result on Sunday, this time a fourth in the ladies 3,000 meters.
The two-time Olympian, who won a pair of World Cup medals in the distance last season, completed the race in 4: 07.139 and took the bronze medal position in the final pairing. She was knocked off the podium by eventual silver medalist Natalia Voronina of Russia, who posted a time of 4: 05.023.
Isabelle Weidemann of Ottawa skated a time of 4: 07.139 and finished ninth. He scored his second result among the top 10 of this World Cup, the first with an eighth place at the start of yesterday's mbades.
Dubreuil obtained his third result among the top 10 of the weekend, a seventh place in the men's 1,000 meters, with a time of 1: 09.606. He had previously finished fifth in the 500 meters (1) and ninth in the 500 meters (2). Gelinas-Beaulieu was also among the 10 best skaters in the men's 1,000 meters, finishing in 10th position with a time of 1: 09.833.
In the men's 5,000 meters, Olympic silver medalist and world record holder Ted-Jan Bloemen from Calgary posted a time of 6: 28.647, ranking him in 13th place.