Ivanie Blondin second overall after opening day of World Allround Championships

Blondin, Langelaar and Belchos all reach individual podiums on Saturday

HAMAR, NORWAY – In second place overall after the first two races of the competition, Ivanie Blondin is in a great position to make a run at the ISU World Allround Speed Skating title tomorrow in Hamar, Norway.

The Ottawa native finished second in the 3000m (4:02.54) and eighth in the 500m (39.19), placing her second in the overall standings. The 29-year old currently sits 0.66 seconds behind leader, and six time Allround world champion, Ireen Wüst of the Netherlands. Teammates Isabelle Weidemann (Ottawa, Ont.) and Valérie Maltais (La Baie, Que.) are currently ranked 14th and 16th, respectively.

With World Cup medals in the 1500m, 3000m and 5000m so far this season, Blondin has a shot at becoming the first Canadian women to reach the overall podium at this event since Christine Nesbitt in 2012. The legendary Cindy Klassen was the last Canadian to earn gold at the event, winning it all on home ice in Calgary in 2006.

Both Tyson Langelaar (Winnipeg, Man.) and Jordan Belchos (Toronto, Ont.) reached the podium in individual races on the men’s side Saturday. Langelaar channeled his inner Laurent Dubreuil, who was crowned vice-champion at the World Sprint Championships earlier in the day, by sprinting his way to a second-place finish in the 500m (36.29). Belchos finished third in the 5000m with a time of 6:20.76.

Despite not wining a race, Ted-Jan Bloemen (Calgary, Alta.) is the top ranked Canadian after the first day of competition. He currently occupies the 13th position, ahead of Langelaar in 14th and Belchos in 16th. The only Canadian to ever reach the men’s overall podium at the World Allround Championship was Canadian Sports Hall of Fame member Jack McCulloch, who won the title way back in 1897.

The Allround portion of the first-ever combined ISU World Speed Skating Championships concludes Sunday with the 1500m, women’s 5000m and men’s 10,000m. CBC Sports will have live streaming coverage throughout the day, including highlights from the finals during their ‘Road to the Olympic Games’ program, available both online and on television at 12:00pm local time.

QUOTES

  • “I wasn’t sure what to expect coming off the World Single Distance Championships and where I placed in the 1500m, 3000m and 5000m. I went into the 3000m not really knowing how it was going to go, but I was pleasantly surprised. There were two laps left and I didn’t feel that bad. I think I executed really well; I was patient and just skated, and that showed up in my results. I knew it was possible, I just didn’t know if it was going to happen this weekend, so I’m really happy with my performances. It’s pretty incredible to be sitting in second right now, I’m definitely excited, but there’s still a lot of racing to do tomorrow so I’m trying to keep a level head.” – Ivanie Blondin

RESULTS

  • Ivanie Blondin (Ottawa, Ont.): 2nd Overall (8th in 500m, 2nd in 3000m)
  • Isabelle Weidemann (Ottawa, Ont.): 14th Overall (22nd in 500m, 6th in 3000m)
  • Valérie Maltais (La Baie, Que.): 16th Overall (17th in 500m, 15th in 3000m)
  • Ted-Jan Bloemen (Calgary, Alta.): 13th Overall (21st in 500m, 5th in 5000m)
  • Tyson Langelaar (Winnipeg, Man.): 14th Overall (2nd in 500m, 21st in 5000m)
  • Jordan Belchos (Toronto, Ont.): 16th Overall (23rd in 500m, 3rd in 5000m)

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