Kali Christ posts best result this season with 8th place in women's 1500m at Hamar long track speed skating World Cup in Norway

Kali Christ of Regina had her best showing of the 2014-15 World Cup season, Saturday, as she finished 8th in the women's 1500m held on the first day of the ISU long track speed skating event held in Hamar, Norway.

The 23-year-old athlete skated in one minute, 59.28 seconds to post her second-straight World Cup top-10 result in the 1500m. She was 10th in Heerenveen, Netherlands on Dec. 14.

“I am really happy with today's race”, said Christ. “There are definitely things I need to keep working on and fix but over all I stuck to my race plan and just went for it. To see it pay off with my best result this season is just a bonus.”

Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, ON, finished 11th with a time of 2:00.67 in the first 1500m A group race of her career. She won the B race in her last 1500m start in Heerenveen, on Dec. 14.

Blondin's result allowed her to qualify for the World All-Round Long Track Speed Skating Championships, set for March 7-8 in Calgary. The other berths will be announced after the Hamar World Cup.

“It's an O.K. result considering that was only the fourth 1500m I skated this season” said Blondin. “It wasn't my best race, so there's still room for improvement. My goal is to peak later on, for the world championships.”

Both Christ and Blondin will race twice on Sunday, on the second and last day of the Hamar World Cup. They will both take part in the women's 3000m and mass start. Blondin has four mass start podiums so far this season, including a pair of victories.

In the women’s B 1500m, Josie Spence of Kamloops, B.C., was 15th (2:03.14) and Nicole Garrido of Edmonton finished 24th (2:05.28), while junior star Isabelle Wiedemann of Ottawa ended up 26th with a time of 2:05.38 in her World Cup debut.

Bloemen 15th in men's 5000m
On the men's side, Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary was 15th in Saturday's 5000m with a time of 6:36.88.

Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., placed 12th in the men’s B group 5000m in 6:35.09. He is preparing to skate that distance at the World All-round Championships. Morrison will also skate the 1500m on Sunday in Hamar.

Jordan Belchos of Markham, ON was 14th in the men’s 5000m B race (6:39.06), while Alec Janssens of Chilliwack, B.C., was 24th (6:43.18) and Stefan Waples of Winnipeg, 25th (6:44.40).

The Hamar World Cup concludes Sunday with the men’s 1500m and women’s 3000m, as well as the men’s and women’s mass starts.
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