Blondin Breaks Canadian 1500m Record for Silver; Bloemen & Fish Share Podium in 5000m

Blondin breaks Cindy Klassen’s 14-year-old Canadian record in ladies’ 1500m

CALGARY, ALBERTA – Three Canadians reached the podium to conclude the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Calgary on Saturday. Ivanie Blondin broke Cindy Klassen’s 1500m Canadian record en route to silver, while Ted-Jan Bloemen and Graeme Fish earned a historic double podium in the men’s 5000m, winning silver and bronze, respectively.

Blondin (Ottawa, Ont.) captured Canada’s first medal of the competition, posting a Canadian record time of 1:51.767 to earn silver in the 1500m, behind Japan’s Miho Takagi (1:50.337) and ahead of Dutch skater Ireen Wüst (1:51.993). It was he second 1500m medal of the World Cup season, having also won gold in the distance in Kazakhstan in early December.

Making the accomplishment even more special for Blondin was that she set the new national record on a day where Klassen, who held the previous record of 1:51.79 since 2005 – along with her 2006 Olympic team pursuit teammates Christine Nesbitt, Kristina Groves, Shannon Rempel and Clara Hughes – were inducted into the Olympic Oval’s Hall of Champions.

Meanwhile, a pair of Canadian long-distance skaters reached the podium in the men’s 5000m, with world record holder Bloemen (Calgary, Alta.) winning silver and teammate Fish (Moose Jaw, Sask.) bringing home the bronze. Patrick Roest (6:07.404) of the Netherlands was the gold medalist, ahead of Bloemen (6:07.426) and Fish (6:10.583), who shaved an impressive 5-seconds off his previous personal best of 6:15.87.

Fellow long-distance skater Jordan Belchos (Toronto, Ont.) was bumped off the 5000m podium after the last pairing, settling for fifth, the best World Cup result of his career. Kaylin Irvine (Calgary, Alta.) also earned a fifth-place finish in the 500m, while Laurent Dubreuil (Lévis, Que.) was sixth in the 1000m.

The Canadian long track team is back in action next weekend at the ISU World Single Distance Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah. CBC Sports will have live streaming coverage of the races from Thursday to Sunday, with television coverage also airing on Sunday, from 2:00PM to 3:00PM EST as part of their ‘Road to the Olympic Games’ program.

QUOTES

“Today was a lot better. I just went out there and skated like I would have in training, forgot about the distractions and left everything behind. I didn’t realise it [that I had broke the record] until I was on the back stretch and some of the ice makers said “Ivanie, you broke Cindy’s record!”. For me that’s huge. I don’t even know what to say right now. I’ve always admired her [Klassen] as a person and as an athlete. I had the opportunity to train with her when I was younger, and I learned a lot from her.” – Ivanie Blondin

“I’ve been running behind a bit all season. I didn’t have a race that I could rely on, a good race that I did this season that gives me confidence, that’s why I was so happy to get that race today. I felt strong today. It wasn’t perfect, but it’s just good to know that I can still do it.” – Ted-Jan Bloemen

“It was a good race. It was the first time this season that I left it all on the ice in the 5000m. I think the start could have been just a bit faster, there was one lap that was slower, but all-in-all it was a really good race. It’s my first ever medal in the 5000m and it’s nice to see.” – Graeme Fish

RESULTS

  • Ivanie Blondin (Ottawa, Ont.) : 2nd in 1500m
  • Kaylin Irvine (Calgary, Alta.): 5th in 500m
  • Béatrice Lamarche (Quebec City, Que.) : 11th in 1500m (Div B)
  • Valérie Maltais (La Baie, Que.) : 5th in 1500m (Div B)
  • Abigail McCluskey (Penticton, B.C.) : 10th in 1500m (Div B)
  • Heather McLean (Winnipeg, Man.) : 10th in 500m
  • Isabelle Weidemann (Ottawa, Ont.) : 17th in 1500m
  • Brooklyn McDougall (Calgary, Alta.) : 7th in 500m (Div B)
  • Noémie Fiset (Quebec City, Que.) : 8th in 500m (Div B)
  • Marsha Hudey (White City, Sask.) : 13th in 500m
  • Laurent Dubreuil (Lévis, Que.) : 6th in 1000m
  • Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu (Sherbrooke, Que.) : 16th in 1000m
  • Connor Howe (Canmore, Alta.) : 2nd 1000m (Div B)
  • David La Rue (Saint-Lambert, Que.): 19th in 1000m
  • Alexandre St-Jean (Quebec City, Que.) : 7th 1000m (Div B)
  • Ted-Jan Bloemen (Calgary, Alta.) : 2nd in 5000m  
  • Graeme Fish (Moose Jaw, Sask.) : 3rd in 5000m
  • Hayden Mayeur (Toronto, Ont.): 26th in 5000m (Div B)
  • Kaleb Muller (Cranford, Alta.) : 24th in 5000m (Div B)
  • Jordan Belchos (Toronto, Ont.) : 5th in 5000m

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