Canadian long track speed skater Valérie Maltais continued her strong season with a bronze medal in the women’s 3,000 meters at the World Cup stop in Salt Lake City on Friday.
The 33-year-old from La Baie, Quebec, won her first career World Cup medal over the distance with a time of 3 minutes, 59.71 seconds, beating Dutch skater Marijke Groenewoud by 1.21 seconds. during the first day of competition at the Utah Olympics. Oval.
Joy Beune of the Netherlands won gold in a personal best time of 3:56.86, one place ahead of compatriot Irene Schouten (3:58.20).
Maltais won two gold medals on the same ice last week at the Four Continents Championships, in the 3,000m and the women’s team pursuit alongside Olympic champion teammates Ivanie Blondin and Isabelle Weidemann. Canadian skaters won 12 medals in total.
Blondin of Ottawa finished just under two seconds behind Maltais for seventh in 4:01.55 Friday, while Laura Hall of Salmon Arm, B.C., finished 13th in a personal best from 4:08.12.
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Maltese’s World Cup season also included two silver medals in the team pursuit in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland, and Obihiro, Japan, as well as a silver medal in the mass start in Stavanger, Norway and a bronze in Beijing. She is currently ranked in the top 10 in the World Cup standings, both in the mass start (second) and in the long distance (third).
“I’m happy with my result today! I adapted my strategy well following my race last week,” said Maltais. “(Coach) Muncef (Ouardi) was telling me where I was in relation to the leader during my race, and it was really motivating!
“Physically I felt good, but tactically and technically I still have a few things to improve. But today I have to take the time to celebrate and appreciate this medal!”
American phenom Jordan Stolz put his name in the record books earlier today, setting the world record in the men’s 1,000m.
Connor Howe of Canmore, Alta., clocked 1:07.84 to finish 12th, while Vincent De Haître of Cumberland, Ont., was 18th (1:08.27).
Howe, who won gold last week in the 1,500, also finished 12th in the men’s mass start Friday with a time of 7:58.20 and a point in the sprint.
Fellow Olympian Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu of Sherbrooke, Que., placed 19th in 8:25.37.
Maddison Pearman of Ponoka, Alta., and Blondin finished 18th and 20th, respectively, in the women’s 1,000m.
The three-day World Cup competition continues Saturday with the women’s and men’s 500m, 1,500m and team pursuit events. Watch live coverage on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem, starting at 2 p.m. ET.
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