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In the women’s team pursuit, Canadian long-track speedskaters win gold

In the women's team pursuit, Canadian long-track speedskaters take gold.

Key Takeaways:

  • On Tuesday, Isabelle Weidemann of Canada won her third medal of the Beijing Games, taking first place in the women’s team pursuit with teammates Ivanie Blondin and Valerie Maltais.
  • Weidemann is only the second Canadian long-track speedskater to win multiple medals at the same Olympics. At the Turin Olympics, Cindy Klassen won five medals.

Isabelle Weidemann of Canada won her third medal of the Beijing Games on Tuesday, finishing first in the women’s team pursuit with Ivanie Blondin and Valerie Maltais.

They beat Japan to win gold in two minutes 53.44 seconds, which is an Olympic record.

Japan had a slight lead going into the final turn, but Nana Takagi went down and crashed into the padding, allowing Canada to win easily.

Takagi showed up to lose her footing and was unable to regain it.

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At the Ice Ribbon, Weidemann won silver in the 5,000 meters and bronze in the 3,000 meters from Ottawa.

Weidemann, Blondin of Ottawa, as well as Maltais of Saguenay, Que., defeated the Netherlands in the semifinal earlier in the day.

Alexa Scott of Clandeboye, Man., is also on the Canadian team, but she did not compete on the last day.

The Netherlands won bronze over Russia.

In men’s team pursuit, Canada did not advance to the semifinals. Norway won gold over Russia, while the United States took bronze.

In the women's team pursuit, Canadian long-track speedskaters take gold.
In the women’s team pursuit, Canadian long-track speedskaters take gold. Image from FunnyCanny

Jordan Belchos of Toronto, Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary, and Tyson Langelaar of Winnipeg defeated South Korea in the C final to finish fifth overall.

Three skaters from each country compete against each other as well as the clock in the team pursuit.

At the 2006 Turin Olympics in Italy, the sport made its Olympic debut.

That year, Canada won silver in the women’s team pursuit and didn’t return to the Olympic podium until Beijing.

Blondin, Weidemann, and Josie Morrison took fourth place in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Weidemann is only the second long-track speedskater from Canada to win multiple medals at the same Games. Cindy Klassen took home five medals at the Turin Olympics.

Source: CTV News

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