Canada’s Ivanie Blondin, along with Isabelle Weidemann and Valerie Maltais, earned silver in the Team Pursuit at a long-track speedskating World Cup event on Dec. 15, 2019. (File photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Canada’s women’s team pursuit earns silver at long-track speedskating World Cup

NAGANO, Japan — Canadians Ivanie Blondin, Isabelle Weidemann and Valerie Maltais earned silver in the Team Pursuit on Sunday at a long-track speedskating World Cup event.

The medal also secured the Canadian team a first-place overall ranking in the World Cup standings for the event.

Canada finished in two minutes 57.811 seconds, just 1.44 seconds short of the mark set by the Japanese skaters.

“With each team pursuit that we’ve done this year, we have worked to improve and I think today we put that into practice very well,” said Maltais. “There are still little details that we need to work on — like our start and making our exchanges a bit more synchronized — but overall we skated a very good race.

“We gave everything that we had today. We know that we aren’t far behind the Japanese and we can already see that it’s possible to beat them at the world championships.”

The team from Russia rounded out the podium, a distant third at more than six seconds slower than the winning pace.

The trio of Blondin, Weidemann and Maltais are the top ranked team in the World Cup standings, ahead of Russia and the Netherlands, having previously won one gold and one bronze medal this season.

The result improves on the Canadian team’s ranking of third from last season.

Earlier Sunday, Laurent Dubreuil of Levis, Que., skated a time of 1:09.116 to earn a career best fourth-place result in the men’s 1,000 metres. His previous high mark in the distance was seventh.

Calgary’s Ted-Jan Bloemen was also fourth in the men’s 5,000 metres with a time of 6:20.029, his highest finish of this World Cup season to date.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 15, 2019.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Second day of search yields no sign of French snowmobilers missing in Quebec

ST-HENRI-DE-TAILLON, Que. — It was an exuberant group of French travellers who… Continue reading

Barriers exist for women to get into Conservative race: Marilyn Gladu

OTTAWA — Tight timelines for membership sign-ups and a high entry fee… Continue reading

Royal Canadian Legion expels members for wearing unearned military commendations

OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Legion says it has taken a landmark… Continue reading

China, Russia under pressure from Myanmar Rohingya genocide ruling: Bob Rae

OTTAWA — China and Russia face pressure to prevent genocide in Myanmar… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Jan. 22 Downtown House Senior Center (5414 43 St.) in Red Deer… Continue reading

David Marsden: Drug addicts deserve our care

The provincial government, rather than seizing an opportunity, is flirting with putting… Continue reading

Second day of search yields no sign of French snowmobilers missing in Quebec

ST-HENRI-DE-TAILLON, Que. — It was an exuberant group of French travellers who… Continue reading

Local Sports: Tyler Podgorenko’s presence with the Kings being felt

The biggest question surrounding the RDC Kings hockey team going into the… Continue reading

Barriers exist for women to get into Conservative race: Marilyn Gladu

OTTAWA — Tight timelines for membership sign-ups and a high entry fee… Continue reading

A look at Canada’s seven NHL teams heading into the all-star break

When the NHL returns from its bye weeks and all-star break, there… Continue reading

Canada stamps honour on pre-NHL all-black hockey league

CHERRY BROOK, N.S. — Canada is paying tribute to an all-black hockey… Continue reading

Toronto Argonauts, Saskatchewan Roughriders to square off in Halifax

HALIFAX — Brett Lauther will be returning home this summer. The CFL… Continue reading

Most Read