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Canadian speed skater Weidemann scores World Cup silver

Canada's Isabelle Weidemann continues to impress on the World Cup scene this season, taking silver in the 3000-metre World Cup event in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

Ottawa skater sets personal best in 3,000-metre event

Canada's Isabelle Weidemann celebrates after competing in the women's 3,000-metre race of the World Cup speed skating at the Thialf ice arena in Heerenveen, Netherlands, Sunday. (Peter Dejong/The Associated Press)

Canada's Isabelle Weidemann notched a personal best on Sunday in Heerenveen, Netherlands, taking silver in the 3,000-metre World Cup competition.

It was her third individual medal of the season, having previously captured gold in the 3,000 and silver in the 5,000.

Weidemann, from Ottawa, set a new personal best time of four minutes 0.120 seconds, which put her behind gold medallist Antoinette de Jong of the Netherlands (3:59.419) and just ahead of bronze medallist Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic (4:00.337).

Watch Weidemann's personal-best skate here:

Ottawa's Isabelle Weidemann notched a personal best on Sunday in Heerenveen, Netherlands, taking silver in the 3,000-metre World Cup competition. 5:14

"I'm really happy with my race today," said Weidemann, who also won gold in the 3,000 metres on the outdoor oval in Tomakomai, Japan last month. "I felt really strong in the last couple of laps and I'm proud that my race was very consistent.

"Obviously, there are always some things that I can improve on, but right now I'm excited for the world single distance championships and the rest of the year."

Tops in long distance rankings

Ivanie Blondin, also from Ottawa, was paired with Weidemann in the 3,000 and finished in sixth with a time of 4:02.230. It was the third top-10 result of the season in that distance for the two-time Olympian, who has also finished fourth and eighth.

Weidemann, 23, is now first in the overall World Cup long distance rankings with 200 points, ahead of Blondin, who is in fifth place with 158 points.

Valerie Maltais of Saguenay, Que., who was competing in just the second long track World Cup of her career, skated a personal best of 4:06.391, which put her 13th. The converted short-track skater continues to make progress in her newly adopted discipline, having earned a pair of top 10 results in Division B races since joining the team in Poland last weekend.

In other Division A action:

  • Toronto's Jordan Belchos posted a personal best of 6:16.960 in the 5,000, good for 10th position.
  • Graeme Fish of Moose Jaw, Sask., who was paired with reigning Olympic champion and eventual bronze medallist Sven Kramer of the Netherlands, finished 15th (6:23.917).
  • Calgary's Kaylin Irvine was 19th (1:16.846) in the women's 1,000.
  • Antoine Gelinas-Beaulieu was 16th (1:09.730) in the men's 1,000.

With files from The Canadian Press

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