Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Takes Bronze in Team Pursuit at Long-Track Speedskating World Cup

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Takes Bronze in Team Pursuit at Long-Track Speedskating World Cup

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Canada takes bronze in speedskating World Cup

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HEERENVEEN, Netherlands - Canada's women's team pursuit squad opened the long-track speedskating World Cup season Friday with a bronze medal while Japan took gold in a world record time.

Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, Isabelle Weidemann of Ottawa and Josie Morrison of Kamloops, B.C., took third place in three minutes 0.65 seconds. Japan clocked in at 2:55.77, besting the mark of 2:55.79 that had been set by Canadians Kristina Groves, Christine Nesbitt and Brittany Schussler in December 2009 in Calgary.

The Netherlands took silver in 2:59.06.

"We've worked really hard this summer building the bond between us and I think that paid off today," said Blondin. "There was a lot of trust out there, which is really important in this event."

On the men's side, Canadian team pursuit skaters Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary, Jordan Belchos of Markham, Ont., and Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., took fourth place in 3:43. …

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