Speed Skating: Blondin is crowned vice-champion in Norway
Ivanie Blondin was crowned vice-champion at the ISU World Allround Championships on Sunday in Hamar, Norway.
Blondin finished her four events to sit second in overall standings and win the silver medal (160.462). Ireen Wüst of the Netherlands (159.524) captured the gold medal and fellow Dutch skater, Antoinette de Jong completed the podium with bronze (160.631).
On Sunday, Blondin completed the 1500m allround in fifth position with a time of 1:55.21 and in the 5000m allround event she finished in fourth position with a time of 7:04.46.
“I’m pretty happy with the end result and with this weekend overall! It’s always been a dream of mine to reach the podium at the World Allround Championships. My 1500m didn’t go super great, and I almost fell in the 5000m, but it’s a learning process. I think I showed consistency in finishing second, and while today wasn’t great, I’m looking forward to when Allrounds comes around again.” Ivanie Blondin said after her final race of the day.
Previously on Saturday, Blondin competed in the 3000m placing second (4:02.54) and Friday in the 500m finishing in eighth position (39.19).
Blondin is the first Canadian to win a medal at the World Allround Championships since Christine Nesbitt in 2012. She captured the second medal of the weekend for Team Canada. On Saturday Laurent Dubreuil was crowned vice-champion in the the sprint World Championships.
On the men’s side, Ted-Jan finished as the top ranked Canadian men, in seventh place. Jordan Belchos followed in eighth place overall.