Valerie Maltais finishes as top Canadian at speed skating worlds

Valerie Maltais of Saguenay, Que., was the top Canadian finisher at the 2022 world speed skating championships.

Saguenay, Que., native skates to 10th in women's allround

Valerie Maltais of Canada, seen here during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, was Canada's top finisher at the 2022 speed skating worlds, taking 10th in the women's allround. (Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Valerie Maltais of Saguenay, Que., was the top Canadian finisher at the 2022 world speed skating championships.

The 31-year-old finished 10th in the women's allround competition, one spot ahead of Ottawa's Ivanie Blondin. Winnipeg's Lindsey Kent finished in 16th place out of the 18-woman competition.

Triple Beijing Olympic gold medallist Irene Schouten of the Netherlands won the allround competition, while Japan's Miho Takagi and fellow Dutch teammate Antoinette de Jong came second and third, respectively.

Maltais, Blondin and Kent did not participate in the final 5,000-metre race.

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On the men's side of the competition, Markham's Jordan Belchos and Dutch-Canadian Ted-Jan Bloemen finished 17th and 20th in the 21-man allround event, respectively.

Swedish star Nils van der Poel won gold in the allround competition.

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