Laurent Dubreuil gets another podium at the 500m

Quebec’s Laurent Dubreil finished third in the second 500m race held as part of the World Cup long track speed skating stage in Calgary.

After winning the gold medal on Friday, breaking the Canadian record in the process, Dubreuil clocked 34.06 seconds on Sunday.

“I am glad I was able to recover with another good race after what was probably my best race on Friday,” said Dubriel, tired but smiling.

Russian Viktor Moshtakov took first place with a score of 33.90, nine hundred more than the Japanese Yuma Murakami.

Alex Boisvert-Lacroix (34.20) finished seventh while Gilmore Junio ​​(34.52) took 16th.

In the general classification of specialization, Dubreuil is still in first place with a total of 420 points. Three Japanese were behind in second place, including Wataro Morishige with 351 points.

“The ranking doesn’t mean anything, we’re training for the real season (the Olympics) that we’re two months away from today,” Dobrill explained. I should be fine at this point. “

Dubrois has risen to the podium in each of the eight 500m races since the start of the 2021 World Cup season. His record includes two golds, one silver and five bronzes.

“I’m proud to have climbed eight podiums in eight races, but in the end, it will be necessary to be ready (for the Olympic Games in) Beijing,” recalls the Levis native.

Moreover, Dubroy finished eighth in the 1000m final, having stopped the clock at 1 minute 07.331 seconds.

This performance earned him a place in the Canadian 1,000-meter delegation at the Beijing Olympics.

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“My performance in the 1,000m allows me not to go to the Canadian Olympic qualifiers and that is very valuable,” Dobrill added. I’ll be able to train and not have the stress of competing for a couple of months, until I arrive fresh and playable. “

Countryman Connor Howe (1:07.317) was the best of the four Canadians to enter the competition with sixth place.

Antoine Gilinas Beaulieu (1:07,696) and Vincent de Hayter (1:08.212) took 12th and 17th places.

Later on Sunday, Evanni Blondin took home a second medal for Canada by finishing second in the mass start. Blondin completed the 16 laps in 8:29.71, twenty seconds behind Italy’s Francesca Lollobrigida. Quebec’s Valerie Maltes (8:38.69) finished seventh.

However, Canada was disqualified from the podium in the women’s 1500m final, and Canada’s Blondin was the first to finish eighth, with a score of 1:53.46.

Isabelle Weidmann (1:54.33) and Madison Berman (1:55.97) were ranked 11th and 17th, respectively.

American Brittany Beau won the race with a time of 1:52.05.

Canada finished the competition with a bronze medal in the men’s team pursuit.

Howe, Ted-Jan Bloemen and Jordan Belchos scored 3:38.604, three seconds ahead of the gold-medal US skaters.

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