Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Blondin Captures Bronze Medal in Speedskating Mass Start

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Blondin Captures Bronze Medal in Speedskating Mass Start

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Canada's Blondin takes bronze in mass start

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TOMAKOMAI, Japan - Ivanie Blondin skated to a bronze medal in the women's mass start final at the ISU World Cup speedskating stop on Saturday.

It was the Ottawa native's second podium finish of the event. She also captured silver in the team pursuit on the opening day of competition.

Blondin's final time of 8:82.260 -- 0.8 seconds behind gold medalist Bo-Reum Kim of South Korea.

Isabelle Weidemann, also of Ottawa, finished 14th with a time of 8:55.900. On the men's side, Jordan Belchos of Toronto clocked in at 8:16.890 en route to a ninth-place finish.

Blondin, a two-time Olympian and the 2015-16 world champion in the mass start, neared the front heading into the last laps at the Tomakomai Highland Sports Center, and a well calculated sprint out of the final corner propelled her into third position. …

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