Laurent Dubreuil Caps Off World Cup in Heerenveen with a Pair of Bronze Medals

Dubreuil wins bronze in the men’s 500m and 1000m; Isabelle Weidemann finishes sixth in the women’s 3000m

HEERENVEEN, NETHERLANDS – Canadian sprinter Laurent Dubreuil reached the podium twice on the final day of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Heerenveen, brining home bronze in both the men’s 500m and 1000m. His performance capped off a successful weekend for the Canadian team, which earned six medals at the event – one gold, three silver and two bronze.  

After winning silver in the first 500m race of the weekend on Saturday, the 28-year old Dubreuil (Lévis, Que.) brought home bronze on Sunday with a time of 34.594. He was only 0.03 seconds behind gold medalist Ronald Mulder (34.555) of the Netherlands, with fellow Dutch skater Hein Otterspeer (34.590) joining them on the podium in silver medal position.

Dubreuil also finished third in the 1000m, posting a time of 1:08.185         to earn a spot on the podium alongside the Dutch duo of Kai Verbij (1:07.355) and Thomas Krol (1:07.581). It was his first medal in the distance this season, having earned a ninth-place result last weekend.

With four medals (two silver, two bronze) in six races, Dubreuil continues to show that he is among the world’s top sprinters. A silver medalist at the 2020 World Sprint Championships, he ends the shortened World Cup season ranked second overall in the 500m (182 points) and fourth overall in the 1000m (80 points).

Canada also earned four of top-10 results on the final day of World Cup action.

Ottawa’s Isabelle Weidemann finished sixth in the women’s 3000m with a time of 4:01.609, while Calgary’s Gilmore Junio also cracked the top-10 in the men’s 500m for the third time this season, finishing ninth (34.818). And for only the third time in her career, Ivanie Blondin reached the top-10 in the women’s 1000m, coming 10th on Sunday with a time of 1:15.664. She had previously accomplished the feat twice during the 2014-2015 World Cup season, where she finished fifth in Seoul and tenth in Heerenveen.

The Canadian team finishes the condensed World Cup season with 11 medals, including two gold, five silver and four bronze. Eight Canadian skaters are ranked within the top-10 of an individual distance going into the World Championships, led by Blondin (2nd in Mass Start), Dubreuil (2nd in 500m, 4th in 1000m), Weidemann (6th in 3000m), Jordan Belchos (6th in Mass Start) and Heather Heather (8th in 500m).

The international long track speed skating season comes to an end two weeks from now with the ISU World Speed Skating Championships, which will take place from February 11-14 in Heerenveen, the Netherlands. CBC Sports will have live streaming and televised coverage of the races; visit the schedule for broadcast times in your area.

Results

  • Ivanie Blondin (Ottawa, Ont.): 10th in 1000m
  • Kaylin Irvine (Calgary, Alta.): 11th in 500m, 16th in 1000m
  • Béatrice Lamarche (Quebec City, Que.): 24th in 500m, 14th in 1000m
  • Valérie Maltais (Saguenay, Que.): 13th in 3000m
  • Abigail McCluskey (Penticton, B.C.): 25th in 500m, 5th in 3000m (Division B)
  • Heather McLean (Winnipeg, Man.): DNS in 500m
  • Isabelle Weidemann (Ottawa, Ont.): 6th in 3000m
  • Jordan Belchos (Toronto, Ont.): 16th in 5000m
  • Ted-Jan Bloemen (Calgary, Alta.): 14th in 5000m
  • Alex Boisvert-Lacroix (Sherbrooke, Que.): 14th in 500m
  • Laurent Dubreuil (Lévis, Que.): 3rd in 500m, 3rd in 1000m
  • Connor Howe (Canmore, Alta.): 11th in 1000m
  • Gilmore Junio (Calgary, Alta.): 9th in 500m

Quotes

·       “I'm pretty tired, but the day went really well! In my 500m, the gap was really tight; the difference between victory and fourth place was very slim. It was still a good race overall. I was a little too passive on my last corner and it probably cost me gold, but I can't be mad because I won a medal. And in the 1000m, I could not have done any better. The two guys who finished ahead of me [Kai Verbij and Thomas Krol] are exceptional and really in a league of their own. I knew I had a chance to beat everyone else but beating those two guys is unthinkable, so finishing third is really the best I could have done today. "- Laurent Dubreuil” – Laurent Dubreuil

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