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Ivanie Blondin wins bronze in 5,000m speed skating

11/21/2014 01:09 EST | Updated 01/21/2015 05:59 EST
Canadian speed skater Ivanie Blondin won the bronze medal in the women's 5,000m at the ISU long track speed skating World Cup in Seoul on Friday.

This is the second podium finish for Blondin this season. She won her first individual World Cup gold medal in a mass start race on Nov. 16 in Japan. The bronze increases her career World Cup individual medal count to five.

Blondin finished in 7:14:53, behind Olympic champion Claudia Pechstein of Germany, who captured the gold in 7:07:77, and Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic, who won silver in 7:13:08.

Blondin said she felt strong throughout the race.

“I remember thinking to myself that it wasn't too hard at the pace I was going,” said Blondin. “And I have felt strong throughout the fall season, although I honestly didn't think I would be on the podium so soon. I would have been extremely happy with top-five finishes.”

Canadian coach Mark Wild was pleased with Blondin's performance.

“I'm very happy with Ivanie's performances so far this season,” said Wild. “She came into the season motivated to improve her skating from last year. We've put emphasis on improving technique and specific strength in the skating position. We've also worked on improving her endurance.”

Blondin will rest for a day before competing in the 1,000m and the mass start on Sunday.

Blondin's Canadian teammate Denny Morrison also had a strong outing, finishing fourth in the men's 1,500m and missing the podium by only .08 seconds.

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