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Canadian men sprint to gold at long track World Cup

Canada stood at the top of the podium after their effort in the men's team sprint while Ted-Jan Bloemen and Ivanie Blondin also added to Canada's medal count at the long track speed skating World Cup season opener in Heerenveen, Netherlands on Sunday.

Bloemen, Blondin also reach podium on final day of event in Heerenveen, Netherlands

Laurent Dubreuil helped Canada take gold in the men's team sprint to add to his individual win at the long track speed skating World Cup season opener in Heerenveen, Netherlands, on Sunday. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

Canada stood at the top of the podium after its effort in the men's team sprint and Ted-Jan Bloemen and Ivanie Blondin also added to Canada's medal count at the long track speed skating World Cup season opener in Heerenveen, Netherlands on Sunday.

The trio of Laurent Dubreuil (Levis, Que.), Alexandre St-Jean (Quebec City), and Vincent De Haitre (Cumberland, Ont.) finished with a time of one minute, 19.55 seconds, followed by Norway at 1:20.00 and Russia at 1:20.94.

Laurent Dubreuil of Levis, Quebec, Alexandre St-Jean of Quebec City, and Vincent De Haitre of Cumberland, Ontario won the men's team sprint at the long track speed skating World Cup season opener in Heerenveen, Netherlands 3:43

Earlier, Bloemen, who was born in Leiderdorp, Netherlands, earned silver in the 5000-metre race with a time of 6:14.95 seconds – 2.07 seconds behind Sven Kramer, who won on home soil. Norway's Sverre Lunde Pedersen was third at 6:15.81.

The Calgarian finished behind only Sven Kramer of the Netherlands in the men's 5,000m event at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating event in Heerenveen, in the Netherlands 9:45

Benjamin Donnelly, of Oshawa, Ont., finished 11th.

3's a charm for Ottawa's Blondin 

Blondin came away with her second individual medal and third overall at the event, finishing third in the 3000.

Antoinette de Jong of the Netherlands posted the fastest time at 4:03.53, followed by Russia's Natalia Voronina at 4:04.00 and Blondin with a time of 4:04.16.

The Ottawa native won bronze in the women's 3,000m event for her third medal of the weekend at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating event in Heerenveen, in the Netherlands 5:29

Blondin added to the silver she earned in the mass start on Saturday and also helped Canada take bronze in the team pursuit on Friday. 

On Saturday, Dubreuil was also golden with his win in the 500 event, while De Haitre picked up an individual medal by placing second in the 1500.

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