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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Canada’s Laurent Dubreuil gets gold at World Cup speed skating competition in Norway

Key takeaways: 

  • Teammate Ted-Jan Bloemen includes bronze in men’s 10,000 metres. 
  • He got gold in the men’s 500-metre competition on Saturday in Stavanger, Norway.

Gold Medal for Laurent Dubreuil in 500-metre speed skating: 

Laurent Dubreuil won gold in the men’s 500-metre race at a long track speed skating World Cup stay in Stavanger, Norway, on Saturday.

The resident of Lévis Que. completed in a time of 34.573 seconds to attain atop the podium, ahead of Russia’s Artem Arefyev (34.608) and Marek Kania of Poland (34.653).

While he was slower within the first 100 metres, Dubreuil bordered Arefyev at the end. None of the skaters in the ensuing sets was able to set forth a more active time and the record set by Kania was enough for third.

It is considered only the second individual World Cup victory of Dubreuil’s career after he got gold in the 500 through the 2017-18 season. He tops the overall World Cup positions, eight points before Tatsuya Shinhama of Japan, who sit fifth on Saturday.

“It was a good race, based on the victory. I didn’t feel as good physically as I did last weekend, but I skated a lot better technically than in Poland,” Dubreuil said Speed Skating Canada. “I was able to stay focused to the finish, despite my pair starting much faster than I anticipated, but I know that I am capable of being even faster.” Source – cbc.ca

Ted-Jan Bloemen also pulled up a podium end on Saturday, securing a bronze medal in the men’s 10,000 before teammate Graeme Fish of Moose Jaw, Sask., in fourth.

Bloemen remains second in the World Cup long-distance rankings, tarrying only Nils van der Poel of Sweden, who set a unique track record of 12:38.928 to win the gold medal in Saturday’s event.

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