The Province

Canadian earns World Cup gold

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Canadian speedskate­r Isabelle Weidemann won gold Sunday in the women’s 3,000metre event at the ISU World Cup in Japan. The gold was Weidemann’s first individual medal on the senior World Cup circuit. Canada also took

two medals in the team sprint events. Ivanie Blondin, Heather McLean and Kaylin Irvine won bronze in the women’s race, while Laurent Dubreuil, Christophe­r Fiola and Antoine Gelinas-Beaulieu finished third in the men’s final. Weidemann’s pace of four minutes 10.185 seconds in the 3,000 set a new track record for the Tomakomai Highland Sports Center and

was a full 2.82 seconds faster than silver-medallist Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic. Italy’s Francesca Lollobrigi­da was third.

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