Canada wins three medals at the 2024 World Speed Skating Championships

Laurent Dubreuil (Canadian Olympic Committee) (with permission)

Team Canada won three medals on Friday at the 2024 World Speed Skating Championships in Calgary. Team Canada won the silver medal in the women’s team pursuit, and the bronze medal in the men’s pursuit. Meanwhile, Canadian Olympic silver medalist Laurent Dubreuil of Quebec City, Quebec won the silver medal in the men’s 500 metres.

In the women’s team pursuit, the Canadian team comprised of Canadian Olympic gold medalists Valerie Maltais of La Baie, Quebec, Isabelle Weidemann and Ivanie Blondin (the same trio that won gold at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing). Canada posted time of 2:54.03. The Netherlands won the gold medal with a time of 2:51.2o. Japan won the bronze medal with a time of 2:54.89. Canada reached the podium by 3.77 seconds over the United States, which finished in fourth place with a time of 2:57.80.

In the men’s team pursuit, the Canadian team comprised of Connor Howe of Canmore, Alberta, Antoine Gelinas-Beaulieu of Sherbrooke, Quebec, and Hayden Mayeur of Toronto, Ontario. Italy won the gold medal with a time of 3:35.00, and Norway won the silver medal with a time of 3:36.07. Canada’s time was 3:36.72. Canada reached the podium by 1.92 seconds over the United States, who were in fourth place with a time of 3:38.64.

In the men’s 500 metres, Dubreuil had a time of 33.95 seconds. Jordan Stolz of the United States won the gold medal with a time of 33.69 seconds. Damian Zurek of Poland won the bronze medal with a time of 34.11 seconds. Dubreuil reached the podium by 0.31 medals over Wataru Morishige of Japan, who had a fourth place time of 34.26 seconds. The medals for Dubreuil, Howe, Mayeur, Gelinas-Beaulieu, Weidemann, Blondin, and Maltais will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo. 

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