Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Men Win Silver in Team Sprint Event to Clinch Overall World Cup Title

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Men Win Silver in Team Sprint Event to Clinch Overall World Cup Title

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Canadian men win silver in team sprint

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STAVANGER, Norway - The Canadian men skated to a silver medal in the team sprint held Sunday, ensuring them the overall World Cup title in that event, while Ivanie Blondin raced to eighth place in the women's mass start to finish third in overall World Cup ranking for the season.

Vincent De Haitre of Cumberland, Ont., Laurent Dubreuil of Levis, Que., and Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que, won the silver medal in a time of one minute 20.91 seconds. The team, which also includes Montreal's Christopher Fiola, who competed in two of the fall World Cup stages and won a gold medal performance in Nagano, Japan, last November, won the overall World Cup title.

"We knew we would maintain our overall ranking with the way the competition worked out," said De Haitre. "We surprised ourselves a bit with the second place finish. Our major objective was to see what we could do when the cards were against us. We had a nice smooth race, and we now have an overall victory and a silver medal to show for it, and we are all really happy with that."

The Dutch (1:20.55) won gold with Germany (1:21.06) in bronze, resulting in the overall standings with the Netherlands finishing second and the German team in third.

In the women's mass start event, Ottawa's Blondin skated to eighth place, but kept her feet on the podium in overall World Cup standings. She ended up third with 344 points, behind Bo-Reum Kim (460) of South Korea and Francesca Lollibrigida (364) of Italy.

Irene Schouten of the Netherlands won gold on Sunday, while silver went to Kim and bronze was won by Lollibrigida.

In the second 500 metres of the competition, Marsha Hudey of White City, Sask., raced to a fourth place finish in 38.10 seconds. She improved her overall ranking from fifth to fourth.

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