Bloemen wins 5,000m gold and sets home record at World Cup in Quebec

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Canadian long track speed skater Ted-Jan Bloemen won gold on home soil with a record-breaking performance on Friday in Quebec.

The two-time Olympic medalist won the men’s 5,000 meters in a track record time of six minutes 13.87 seconds at the Intact Assurance Ice Centre. Italy’s Davide Ghiotto placed second in 6:17.18, just 0.38 seconds ahead of Norwegian bronze medalist Hallgeir Engebråten.

Graeme Fish, from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, finished last in 16th place (6:43.41).

The victory marks Bloemen’s third medal at the distance in as many weeks following bronze medals at last week’s stage and at the Four Continents Championships, both held at the Utah Olympic Oval, near from Salt Lake City. He holds the national record with a time of 6:01.86.

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Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary wins gold at the 5,000m speed skating World Cup on home ice

Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary won a gold medal in the men’s 5,000 meters, clocking 6:13.87, on the first day of the ISU Speed ​​Skating World Cup in Quebec.

Valérie Maltais of La Baie, Que., also returned to the World Cup podium for a second straight week with another bronze medal in the women’s 3,000m earlier Friday.

Maltais edged Ottawa’s Isabelle Weidemann by just 0.06 seconds with a time of 4:02.73, finishing behind Dutch skaters Irene Schouten (4:01.11) and Joy Beune (4:02.62).

Her Canadian pursuit teammate, Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, finished 11th out of 16 skaters in 4:07.07.

Maltais won gold in the same event at the Four Continents Championships.

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Quebecer Valérie Maltais wins the bronze medal in the 3,000m World Cup in her province

Valérie Maltais of Saguenay, Quebec, delighted fans by winning a bronze medal in the women’s 3,000 meters on the first day of the ISU Speed ​​Skating World Cup in Quebec.

The final competition of the long track World Cup season runs through Sunday, with live coverage on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem. Competition continues Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Twenty-nine Canadians representing seven provinces are competing in Quebec, which is hosting its first World Cup since 1992.

Maltais and Blondin will participate in the women’s group start on Sunday, where they rank first and second respectively in the standings.

The final stage of the World Cup will be followed by the world championships in Calgary (February 15 to 18).

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