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Ivanie Blondin, Laurent Dubreuil add to speed skating medal haul in Poland

Canada's Ivanie Blondin and Laurent Dubreuil added to their speed skating medal haul in Poland on Sunday. Blondin earned silver in women's mass start while Dubreuil picked up bronze in the men's 500 metres in 34.975 seconds.

Canadians collect silver, bronze in mass start, 500 metres, respectively

Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa won a silver medal Sunday in women's mass start at a World Cup event in Poland. On Saturday, she earned bronze in team pursuit with Isabelle Weidemann and Valerie Maltais. (Sergei Grits/Associated Press)

Ivanie Blondin and Laurent Dubreuil added to their speed skating medal haul in Poland on Sunday.

Blondin earned silver in women's mass start with a time of nine minutes 3.410 seconds, trailing only Irene Schouten of the Netherlands while Nana Takagi of Japan was third.

"It's always really good to fight for the 1-2 positions with Irene Schouten; we've been doing it as long as I can remember," said Blondin. "My strategy today was to go out, feel the field and not let anyone create gaps.

"I worked a little bit too hard and that took away some energy for my sprint, but I'm still very happy with a silver medal."

WATCH | Ivanie Blondin captures silver in mass start:

Canada's Ivanie Blondin finishes 2nd in women's mass start, trailing only Irene Schouten of the Netherlands. 2:58

It represented the 12th silver on the World Cup circuit for the 29-year-old, who also boasts six gold and 10 bronze.

A week ago in Belarus, Blondin sprinted past reigning world champion Schouten in the final straight en route to victory.

The Ottawa native earned bronze in team pursuit with Isabelle Weidemann and Valerie Maltais on Saturday.

WATCH | Canada claims team sprint bronze in Poland:

Canadians David La Rue, Laurent Dubreuil and Alex Boisvert-Lacroix skated to a time of 1:20.966 in the men's team sprint event in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland. 2:55
Dubreuil of Levis, Que., crossed the finish line third in the men's 500 metres on Sunday in 34.975 seconds for his first individual World Cup medal since the start of the 2017-18 season. He was also part of the Canadian squad that finished third in the team sprint on Friday in Tomaszow Mazowiecki.

"My goal at the World Cups is always to be on the podium in my individual distances," Dubreuil said. "I was in the B group last week so I am very happy to have won a medal in my first race in A group.

"We trained a bit different this [past] summer so to see that bearing fruit and delivering results is very positive."

A week ago, Dubreuil, David La Rue and Gilmore Junio placed third at the World Cup stop in Minsk, Belarus.

WATCH | Laurent Dubreuil reaches podium in men's 500m:

Canada's Laurent Dubreuil places 3rd in 500 metres with a time of 34.975 seconds. 1:10

At the same event, Dubreuil cracked the top 10 in the 1,000, placing ninth.

It was a Japanese 1-2 finish in Sunday's 500, with Tatsuya Shinhama (34.732) defeating Yuma Murakami (34.734).

Junio, who hails from Calgary, was 16th in the 20-man field in 35.462 while Alex Boisvert-Lacroix won the B Division 500 final in 35.207.

Canada's Ted-Jan Bloemen, Jordan Belchos, Graeme Fish and Tyson Langelaar placed fourth in men's mass start in three minutes 49.909 seconds. The Netherlands was first in 3:45.689.

Béatrice Lamarche of Quebec City was 13th in the B Division 1,500.

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