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Speed Skating Canada – Calgary, September 22, 2017 – Ted-Jan Bloemen broke the Men’s 5000m Long Track Speed Skating Canadian Senior record, Friday, by clocking a time of 6:08,06 during the event held at Calgary’s Olympic Oval Fall Classic.

The 31-year old skater of Calgary, AB, lowered the previous Canadian mark by more than three seconds which was 6:11.64 and that Bloemen owned since September 24, 2016.

Finally, Bloemen won the event by more than eleven seconds in front of Kim Min-Seok (6:19.79) of South Korea and Dmitry Babenko (6:20.73) of Kazakhstan. Jordan Belchos (6:20.95) of Markham, ON, took the fourth spot.

“It went super smooth today, said Bloemen. The time of six minutes and eight seconds is what I had in mind of what I could do because I felt I’ve made some progress. But I didn’t dare believe it because it’s so much faster than I’ve ever done! I couldn’t have hoped for a better start, but don’t want to get too excited and just keep building on this. I’m getting ready for a really good season!”

Speed Skating Canada’s Fall World Cup Long Track Selections will be held October 19-22 at Calgary’s Olympic Oval.

Additional details are available on Speed Skating Canada’s website at www.speedskating.ca.

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. Speed Skating Canada is committed to Challenge and Inspire Canada to Thrive through the power of Speed Skating. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey. www.speedskating.ca

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

Long Track Team Sponsor: KIA

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, Conseil du sport de haut niveau de Québec

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For information:

Patrick Godbout

Communications & Media Relations Manager

Speed Skating Canada

Email: pgodbout@speedskating.ca

Phone: 514 213-9897

Website: www.speedskating.ca 

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