Canadian roundup: Black wins silver, skaters on a roll, IOC approves 40 recommendations


It’s a busy time for the Olympic sport world. Canadian athletes are doing what they do, while issues around the Olympic world continue to evolve. But let’s start with some sport stories. 

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Bottom line: Two-time Olympic medallist Ryan Cochrane won bronze in his premiere event, the 1,500m freestyle in Doha, Qatar.

The (25m) above means Cochrane won the medal in a short course pool which is half the size an Olympic pool (50m) so 1,500m is twice the laps (60 to be exact).

Cochrane raced to 14 minutes 23.35 seconds, a personal best by five seconds to improve his own Canadian record.

Despite the personal best, Cochrane was critical of his performance saying, “It’s not exactly where I want to be but at least it’s continuously getting better, I know I have a bit more under my belt so hopefully I’ll get another chance to do that at some point.”

Last night here in Doha. Yet anther major meet done and now back to work for the next big thing!

— Ryan Cochrane (@cochraneryan) December 8, 2014

The medal is Canada’s first at short course worlds in 10 years.

Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri won with a meet record time of 14 minutes 16.10 seconds, and the 2008 Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli was second in 14 minutes 18.79 seconds.

Speed skating World Cup – Berlin

Bottom line: Laurent Dubreuil won a silver and bronze, plus Ivanie Blondin won a silver at World Cup stop number three in Berlin, Germany.

Blondin is three for three at World Cups when it comes to winning medals. On Sunday, her final time of 8:32.94 in the mass start was only 12 one-hundredths of a second behind Dutch skater Irene Schouten. Korea’s Jun Ye Jin was third. The Sochi Olympian has been on the World Cup podium four times this season.

“I’m kicking myself in the head a little bit about the last turn. I should have stayed tight,” said Blondin. “But I’m always happy with a medal no matter what colour it is. It would have been nice if it was gold, but silver is always good too.”

Levis, Quebec’s Dubreuil skates in two 500m competitions at each World Cup. On Friday he won silver and on Sunday he won bronze. On both occasions he raced to a time of 35.09 seconds. Dubreuil now has three 2014-15 World Cup medals.

World Cup Gymnastics – Glasgow

Bottom line: Ellie Black won a silver medal in all-around competition at the FIG Glasgow World Cup

Ellie Black managed a podium result by using her prowess on the beam, coming second in that event only to the competition’s all-around gold medallist Larisa Iordache of Romania. Black was fifth on vault, third on uneven bars, and fourth on floor.

Thank you Glasgow! Had a great time competing here with the fabulous gymnasts! @GlasgowWCG

Scott Harrigan
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