Canadian Olympic gold medalist Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary, Alberta has won the gold medal for Canada at the 2020 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday. Bloemen’s gold was one of two medals won by Canadians in the event, as Graeme Fish of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan won the bronze medal.
Bloemen posted a winning time of six minutes, 4.375 seconds. Fish had a third place time of six minutes, 6.328 seconds. Sven Kramer of the Netherlands won the silver medal with a time of six minutes, 4.918 seconds. Bloemen reached the podium by 7.42 seconds and Fish reached the podium by 5.47 seconds over Sverre Lunde Pedersen of Norway, who was in fourth place with a time of 6:11.803.
This was Bloemen’s fourth career medal and first gold medal at the World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships. He previously won silver in the men’s team pursuit at the 2015 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands and a silver medal in the men’s 10000 metres and a bronze medal in the men’s team pursuit at the 2016 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in Kolomna, Russia. It was also Fish’s first career medal at the World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships.
Bloemen won the gold medal in the men’s 10000 metres and a silver medal in the men’s 5000 metres at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Bloemen and Fish are medal contenders for Canada in men’s speed skating at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.