Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary, Alberta set a World Record on Sunday in the men’s 5000m speed skating at a World Cup in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bloemen posted a gold medal winning time of 6:01.86 to beat the old world record set by Sven Kramer of the Netherlands. Kramer had a time of 6:03.32 at a World Cup in Calgary in 2007.
In Salt Lake City on Sunday, Bloemen beat two Germans to reach the top of the podium. Patrick Beckert of Germany won the silver medal with a time of 6:07.02 and Moritz Geisreiter of Germany won the bronze medal with a time of 6:07.31. Bloemen reached the podium by 5.64 seconds over Nicola Tumolero of Italy, who finished in fourth place with a time of 6:07.50.
Bloemen now moves into first place in the men’s 5000m World Cup standings in Salt Lake with 340 points. However it should be noted that Kramer, who won this year at World Cups in Heerenveen, Netherlands, Stavanger, Norway and Calgary, did not compete in the men’s 5000m in Salt Lake.
Team Canada won two other gold medals in World Cup events in Salt Lake City this past weekend. On Friday, Alex Boisvert-Lacroix of Sherbrooke, Quebec won the gold medal in the men’s 500m. Boisvert-Lacroix posted a gold medal winning time of 34.15 seconds. Mika Poutala of Finland won the silver medal with a time of 34.17 seconds. Ronald Mulder of the Netherlands won the bronze medal with a time of 34.22 seconds.
Boisvert-Lacroix reached the podium by 0.11 seconds. Dai Dai Ntab of the Netherlands was in fourth place with a time of 34.26 seconds. This was the second time this season that Boisvert-Lacroix won a World Cup men’s 500m World Cup speed skating race. He previously won in Calgary earlier this month.
After seven events, Boisvert-Lacroix is in fourth place in the World Cup Standings for the men’s 500m speed skating event with 337 points. He trails Mulder (416 points), Havard Holmefjord Lorentzen of Norway (376 points) and Kai Verbij of the Netherlands (368 points).
In the men’s team pursuit, Bloemen teamed with Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, British Columbia and Ben Donnelly of Oshawa, Ontario to win the gold medal with a time of 3:36.44. Italy won the silver medal with a time of 3:36.54. New Zealand won the bronze medal with a time of 3:36.79. Canada earned a podium spot by 0.64 seconds over Japan, who finished in fourth with a time of 3:37.08. Canada is in sixth place in the World Cup men’s team pursuit standings with 160 points. Norway leads with 195 points.