Canada continues medal haul at velocity skating World Cup in Heerenveen

Canadians Ivanie Blondin, Laurent Dubreuil and Heather McLean captured medals Saturday on the ISU World Cup velocity skating occasion in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

That offers Canada 5 medals total at its first competitors of the season.

Blondin, from Ottawa, received a silver medal within the ladies’s mass begin, ending in eight minutes 34.460 seconds. Valerie Maltais of Saguenay, Que., was tenth in 8:39.650.

“I’m pretty happy with a silver in just our second week back on the ice,” Blondin stated. “It was a pretty messy race — the girls were aggressive and there was a lot of pushing — but I ended up putting myself in a good position and I’m happy with the result.”

Toronto’s Jordan Belchos completed fourth within the males’s mass begin in 7:19.720.

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Dubreuil of Levis, Que., was second within the males’s 500 metres, clocking 34.650. Winnipeg’s McLean was third within the ladies’s race in 37.368.

“I feel like I made several mistakes in my execution, but I can’t really complain about having a silver medal after 10 months without being able to compete,” Dubreuil stated. “I hadn’t skated for two full months before coming here, not even outside, so this is absolutely a moral victory.

“My objective was to get on the rostrum on this journey and that’s already executed. To be capable of begin my season like this makes me consider that if I have a superb execution in each race I can get on the rostrum.”

McLean was also content with securing a medal.

“I believe profitable this medal is an effective demonstration of my psychological energy,” she said. “Our circumstances have been lower than ultimate, however I used to be motivated all summer season and I wasn’t going to let these setbacks outline the remainder of my season.

“I feel really proud of myself and I think mental strength played a huge part in today’s performance.”

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