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Speed Skating Canada – ALGARY, ALBERTA – The second day of the 2018 Canadian Single Distance Championships in Calgary saw four different long track skaters take home a national title. Marsha Hudey of White City, SK and Laurent Dubreuil of Lévis, QC were the top performers in their respective 500m disciplines, while Isabelle Weidemann of Ottawa, ON won the Ladies 5000m and Jordan Belchos of Toronto, ON won the Men’s 10,000m.

Hudey led the way in the Ladies 500m with a time of 38.23. The win means that the two-time Olympian will once again represent Canada on the World Cup stage, where she captured a silver medal at last season’s World Cup #2 in Stavanger, Norway.

“I’m happy about getting the time standard for the World Cup,” said Hudey of her performance. “I still need to work on a few things, but it was an okay effort for today.”

Kaylin Irvine of Calgary, AB finished a close second with a time of 38.43, while Noémie Fiset of Quebec City, QC skated a 39.07, good enough for third.

In the Men’s 500m, Dubreuil skated an impressive 34.64, which met the World Cup qualifying standard in the distance. The sprint specialist will look to regain the form that helped him claim second place in the 2014-2015 World Cup Final overall rankings in the 500m distance.

Christopher Fiola of Montréal, QC and Gilmore Junio of Calgary, AB posted identical times of 35.22 to earn the final two spots on the podium.

Weidemann, who was racing the Ladies 5000m solo, clocked in with a time of 6:58.30, easily besting the World Cup qualifying time of 7:05.50. It was her second win of the competition, having captured the Ladies 3000m yesterday.

She will be joined on the World Cup circuit by Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, ON, who was already pre-qualified for the World Cup in this distance based on her results from last season.

Belchos won the Men’s 10,000m with a time of 13:14.60, besting his only opponent in the race, Graeme Fish of Moose Jaw, SK, who finished with a time of 13:16.24.

“I think today was a good reminder of what the 10,000m is,” said Belchos. “I’ve been focusing a lot on the 5000m so today getting into the 10,000m I had that feeling that it was longer than I remembered,” he remarked, jokingly.

Olympic champion and record holder Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary, AB did not take part in the 10,000m distance due to him already being pre-qualified for the World Cup circuit.

The action at the 2018 Canadian Single Distance Championships continues Monday with the Men’s and Ladies 1000m. Athletes are vying for a spot on the team that will represent Canada at World Cup events and the World Championships for the 2018-19 season.

For more information on the event, including schedules and results, visit www.speedskating.ca/events/canadian-single-distance-championships. The races will be live streamed on the Calgary Olympic Oval’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/theolympicoval.

About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, SSC is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial associations. Together, we aim to: Challenge and inspire Canada to thrive through the power of speed skating. SSC celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932 and recognizes the coaches, officials, volunteers and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey.

Speed Skating Canada would like to thank its sponsors:

Premium Partner: Intact Insurance

Funding Partners: Government of Canada (Sport Canada), Own The Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee

Official On-Ice High Performance Apparel: Li-Ning

Official Suppliers: Auclair, USANA

Official Technical Equipment Supplier: Nagano Skate

Sport Development Partners: Winsport Canada, Calgary’s Olympic Oval, University of Calgary, Institut national du sport du Québec, Government of Quebec, Canadian Sport Institute-Calgary, City of Montreal, Quebec City, Excellence sportive Québec-Lévis

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Nicole Espenant
Manager, Marketing, Communications & Partnerships
Speed Skating Canada
Email: nespenant@speedskating.ca 
Phone: 613-797-1630