Canada's Ivanie Blondin scores World Cup mass start bronze
Ottawa native picks up her 2nd medal of the weekend in Tomokomai, Japan
Canada's Ivanie Blondin captured her second medal of the weekend at a World Cup speed skating event in Tomakomai, Japan, on Saturday.
The Ottawa native won bronze in the women's mass start in a time of eight minutes, 52.260 seconds, just one-hundredth of a second behind the silver time of Italy's Francesca Lollobrigida.
"It was a really fun race," Blondin told Speed Skating Canada. "Isabelle [Weidemann] and I both had our elbows out and were protecting each other. We're using this as a team event and trying to help one another. I think that was very well executed."
Watch the women's mass start race:
"I might be the only one standing on the podium today, but it's also thanks to Isabelle that I earned this medal."
Weidemann, who also hails from Ottawa, placed 14th in 8:55.900.
Blondin sat in the middle of the pack at the start of the race before edging to the front for the final laps at the Tomakomai Highland Sports Center. A well-planned sprint out of the final corner propelled her into third spot, earning Blondin 20 sprint points.
Her time was only 0.8 seconds shy of gold medallist Bo-Reum Kim of Korea (8:52.180).
Blondin, the two-time Olympian and 2015-16 world champion, is nearing 20 career World Cup medals in the mass start.
On Friday, she teamed with Keri Morrison of Burlington, Ont., and Weidemann for team pursuit silver.
Other Canadian results Saturday:
- Jordan Belchos, Toronto: 9th (8:16.890) in men's mass start final.
- Heather McLean, Winnipeg: 1st in women's 500 metres (Division B) in 39.938 seconds. As a result, she will compete in Division A at the next World Cup.
- Kaylin Irvine, Calgary: 5th in Division B (40.311).
- Christopher Fiola, Montreal: 7th in men's 500 (Division B) in 36.574.
- Laurent Dubreuil, Levis, Que.: 17th in men's 500 (Division A) in 35.984.
- Antoine Gelinas-Beaulieu, Sherbrooke, Que., 15th in men's 1,500 (1:50.444).
- David La Rue, Saint-Lambert, Que.: 18th in men's 1,500 (1:51.012).
- Ted-Jan Bloemen, Calgary: 17th in men's 1,500 (Division B) in 1:55.540.
- Keri Morrison, Burlington Ont.: 20th in women's 1,500 (2:06.306).
All 11 of Canada's athletes will compete Sunday:
- Blondin, Irvine and McLean in the women's 1,000
- Dubreuil, Fiola, Gelinas-Beaulieu and La Rue in the men's 1,000;
- Blondin, Morrison and Weidemann in the women's 3,000
- Belchos, Bloemen and Gelinas-Beaulieu in the men's 5,000
CBC Sports will stream live coverage, starting at 12:30 a.m. ET.