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Canada wins pair of bronze medals at long-track speedskating World Cup

11/23/2014 12:01 EST | Updated 01/23/2015 05:59 EST
SEOUL, South Korea - Long-track speedskater Laurent Debreuil won bronze in the men's 500 metres Sunday for his first career World Cup medal while fellow Canadian Ivanie Blondin added bronze in the women's mass start.

Dubreuil, from Levis, Que., finished third in 35.35 seconds. Pavel Kultzhinikov of Russia won gold in 35.18 seconds and South Korea's Mo Tae-Bum took silver in 35.32.

"I felt really good during my race and I knew when I saw my time that my chances of being on the podium were good," said Dubreuil. "The wait after my skate was long and stressful, because there were still five pairs left to the competition.

"But I'm extremely happy with third place and that my time was good enough to hold up for bronze."

Dubreuil won the 2012 world junior title in the 500 metres.

Blondin, meanwhile, continued her strong start to the season by finished third in seven minutes 45.06 seconds. The 24-year-old Ottawa skater won the season-opening mass start last week in Japan and took bronze in the 5,000 metres on Friday.

Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic won gold Sunday in 7:42.96, followed by Irene Schouten of the Netherlands in 7:45.05.

"I felt pretty confident going into the race," said Blondin. "It was just a matter of placing myself in the right position and draft as much as I could. I'm extremely happy with a bronze medal."

Blondin, who has won six career individual World Cup medals, finished fifth in the women's 1,000 metres earlier in the day. Regina's Kali Christ was 12th in the 1,000 and 15th in the mass start.

In the men's mass start, Winnipeg's Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg was 14th and Rob Watson of Whitby, Ont., was 24th. Gilmore Junio of Calgary was eighth in the men's 500 metres while William Dutton of Humboldt, Sask., was 21st.

The third World Cup of the season is set for Dec. 5-7 in Berlin.

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