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Ivanie Blondin claims mass start gold at world speed skating championships

Canadians took home three mass start medals on the final day of the ISU World Single Distances Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval, highlighted by Ottawa's Ivanie Blondin's gold medal skate.

Jordan Belchos and Antoine Gelinas-Beaulieu win silver, bronze in men's mass start

Ottawa's Ivanie Blondin celebrates after competing in the women's mass start during the world single distances speedskating championships Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Kearns, Utah. (Rick Bowmer/The Associated Press)

Canadians took home three mass start medals on the final day of the ISU World Single Distances Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval.

Ottawa's Ivanie Blondin finished in 8:14.02 to claim gold in the women's mass start. South Korea's Bo-Reum Kim took silver in 8:14.22 and Netherlands' Irene Schouten earned bronze in 8:14.32 to round out the podium.

WATCH | Blondin blazes to world championship gold medal:

Ottawa's Ivanie Blondin finishes in 1st place with a time of 8:14.02. 10:18

"I feel incredible, especially after the weekend that I've had. I wasn't really disappointed with my races themselves – my times were great – but I got beat so it's definitely nice to erase all that with a gold medal today. I used the energy from my previous races to fuel the Mass Start," Blondin said.

"I also had the perfect teammate to help me; Val led so many laps today and we worked so well together, which is just what I needed. Our team has done so well at these World Championships and I'm super proud."

On the men's side, Netherlands' Jorrit Bergsma earned gold with a time of 7:39.49, while Toronto's Jordan Belchos and Antoine Gelinas-Beaulieu of Sherbrooke, Que., rounded out the podium.

Belchos took silver in 7:39.79, while Gelinas-Beaulieu earned bronze in 7:40.27.

WATCH | Belchos and Gelinas-Beaulieu finish 2nd and 3rd:

Jordan Belchos places second, while fellow Canadian Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu finishes third in the final.  9:38

Netherlands had a successful day, as Kjeld Nuis and Ireen Wust also skated to gold medals.

Nuis won the men's 1,500 metres with a time of 1 minute, 41.66 seconds, and countrymate Tomas Krol took silver after finishing in 1:41.73. American Joey Mantia earned bronze with a personal-best of 1:42.16.

Nuis, the world record holder in the 1,500 and a two-time Olympic gold medallist, earned his fourth world championship. Mantia, 34, earned his first podium finish at a world championship in the event.

Wust won the women's 1,500 metres, finishing in 1:50.92. Russians Evgeniia Lalenkova and Elizaveta Kazelina rounded out the podium. Lalenkova earned silver with a time of 1:51.13. Kazelina took bronze in 1:51.41.

Wust, a five-time Olympic gold medallist , claimed her 21st career world championship. 14 of those titles have come in single distance events.

With files from CBC Sports

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