Laurent Dubreuil wins speed skating gold for Canada at World Cup in the Netherlands

Laurent Dubreuil, the defending World Cup 500-meter speed skating champion, was in fine form on Saturday.

The 30-year-old from Quebec won the men’s race in 34.34 seconds in Heerenveen, Netherlands, after capturing a silver medal at the season opener last week in Stavanger, Norway.

Dubreuil, who won 10 of 12 races last season, fell 27 hundredths of a second off the track record on Saturday, set by Tatsuya Shinhama on March 8, 2020.

Russia’s Pavel Kulizhnikov’s world mark of 33.61 has stood since March 9, 2019.

Wataru Morishige of Japan finished 11 hundredths behind Dubreuil on Saturday in 34.45 while Merijn Scheperkamp of the Netherlands was third (34.69).

Christopher Fiola (34.91) of Montreal and Cédrick Brunet (35.42) of Gatineau, Que., placed eighth and 19th.

WATCH | Dubreuil wins his first victory and his 3rd medal of the season:

Dubreuil wins 500m speed skating gold in Heerenveen

Canadian Laurent Dubreuil took the podium after finishing 0.11 seconds ahead of Japan’s Wataru Morishige in the Netherlands.

Dubreuil opened this week’s event by finishing 10th in the men’s 1,000 on Friday.

Last Sunday, Dubreuil won his second silver medal of the weekend in Norway, posting the fastest lap of the field and clocking 1:09.22 in the 1,000m for his first World Cup medal in the away since January 2021 when he won bronze. in Herenveen.

Dubreuil stopped the clock in 34.75 to win silver in the 500m last Saturday in Stavanger, the first of six World Cup events scheduled for the season.

WATCH | Dubreuil wins the overall title for the 2021-22 season in the 500m:

Canada’s Dubreuil wins overall World Cup title in 500m speed skating

Laurent Dubreuil of Lévis, Que., finished fourth in his 500-metre race but still managed to claim the season championship.

Last February he won Olympic silver in the men’s 1000m after a disappointing performance in his signature event. Dubreuil finished fourth in the 500m in Beijing, the only time all season he missed the podium in the distance.

In other races on Saturday, the Canadian trio of Ivanie Blondin, Brooklyn McDougall and Carolina Hiller placed second in the women’s team sprint clocking 1:27.45. Michelle de Jong, Marrit Fledderus and Femke Kok won in 1:26.57.

WATCH | The Canadians take silver in the team sprint:

Canadians claim silver in team sprint speed skating

Ivanie Blondin, Brooklyn McDougall and Carolina Hiller edged the American trio by just over a second in the Netherlands.

Blondin was also fifth in the women’s 1,500, with Dutch skater Antoinette de Jong posting a winning time of 1:53.73.

Beatrice Lamarche of Quebec (1:58.78) and Alexa Scott (1:59.54) of Clandeboye, Man., finished 16th and 18th.

In the men’s 5,000, Graeme Fish of Moose Jaw, Sask., was the top Canadian finishing ninth in 6:17.29. Jordan Belchos of Toronto was 13th (6:19.98).

Patrick Roest of the Netherlands took the win in 6:04.36, lowering his track record of 6:05.14 from 24 January 2021.

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