Isabelle Weidemann won a silver medal in the ladies 3000m at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Heerenveen, Netherlands on Sunday. It was her third individual medal of the season, having previously captured gold in the 3000m and silver in the 5000m.
Weidemann, 23, reached the second step on the podium thanks to a new personal best time of 4:00.120, which put her behind gold medalist Antoinette de Jong of the Netherlands (3:59.419) and just ahead of bronze medalist Martina Sáblíková of the Czech Republic (4:00.337).
“I’m really happy with my race today,” said the Ottawa, Ont. native, who also won gold in the 3000m on the outdoor oval in Tomakomai, Japan last month. “I felt really strong in the last couple of laps and I’m proud that my race was very consistent.”
“Obviously, there are always some things that I can improve on, but right now I’m excited for the World Single Distance Championships and the rest of the year.”
Ivanie Blondin, also of Ottawa, was paired with Weidemann in the 3000m and finished in 6th position with a time of 4:02.230. It was the third top 10 result of the season in that distance for the two-time Olympian, who has also finished fourth and eighth.
Weidemann is now first in the overall World Cup long distance rankings with 200 points, ahead of teammate Blondin, who is in fifth place with 158 points.
Valérie Maltais of Saguenay, Que., who was competing in just the second long track World Cup of her career, skated a personal best of 4:06.391, which placed her in 13th position. The converted short track skater continues to make progress in her newly adopted discipline, having earned a pair of top 10 results in Division B races since joining the team in Poland last weekend.
In other Division A action, Jordan Belchos of Toronto, Ont. posted a personal best of 6:16.960 in the 5000m, good for 10th position. Graeme Fish of Moose Jaw, Sask., who was paired with reigning Olympic champion and eventual bronze medalist Sven Kramer of the Netherlands, finished in 15th place (6:23.917). Kaylin Irvine of Calgary, Alta. was 19th (1:16.846) in the ladies 1000m, while Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu was 16th (1:09.730) in the men’s 1000m.
Meanwhile, Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary, Alta. was the top performer in Division B, earning a second-place result in the 5000m with a time of 6:15.840. It was the reigning Olympic silver medalists best time of the season so far, a drastic improvement over his previous mark of 6:28.647 from the opening World Cup in Obihiro.
The remainder of the Division B results from Sunday in Heerenveen are as follows:
- Heather McLean was 10th (1:17.899) in the 1000m
- Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu was 13th (6:28.953) in the 5000m
- Christopher Fiola was 15th (1:10.708) in the 1000m
- David La Rue was 17th (1:10.794) in the 1000m
- Keri Morrison was 18th (1:19.808) in the 1000m