Ivanie Blondin 11th overall after first day of the 2018 ISU World Allround Championships

Amsterdam, Netherlands, March 9, 2018 – Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa sits in 11th place overall at the 2018 ISU World Allround Championships, which are taking place until Sunday in Amsterdam, Netherlands, after finishing 10th in the 3000m and 12th in the 500m held on Friday.
As the races were presented under the rain, Friday, on an outdoor oval to celebrate the 125th anniversary of this competition, Blondin skated to a time of 41.10 seconds in the 500m to finish 12th. Then, in the 3000m, the 27-year-old Canadian skater registered the 10th fastest time, 4:26.55.

“They were hard races, but they were also a lot of fun,” said Ivanie Blondin, who is taking part in this competition for the fourth straight time. “I really liked the atmosphere and the fact that it was raining. I felt like a gladiator. My goal is to skate to the best of my abilities in spite of the racing conditions and to have fun doing it. It's also a way of preparing for next week's World Cup Finals.”
Japan's Miho Takagi is first in overall standings after winning the 500m race and finishing second in the 3000m. Dutch skaters Ireen Wüst and Antoinette de Jong are respectively second and third overall.
On Saturday, the men's 500m and 5000m events are scheduled, as well as the women's 1500m. The first eight skaters in the women's overall standings after the 1500m will then skate in a women's 5000m race to collect more points and crown an Allround Champion. On the men's side, the competition will end on Sunday.

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