Marsha Hudey & Laurent Dubreuil Crack Top-10 at World Cup in Minsk

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MINSK, BELARUS - NOVEMBER 15: Team Canada compete in a team sprint race during the ISU World Cup Speed Skating at Minsk Arena on November 15, 2019 in Minsk, Belarus. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke - International Skating Union (ISU)/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

Canadian long track skaters Marsha Hudey and Laurent Dubreuil earned top-10 results on the second day of competition at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Minsk, Belarus.

Hudey (White City, Sask.) posted a time of 38.558 to finish eighth in the 500m. The two-time Olympian looks to be off to a strong start this season after winning a silver medal in the sprint distance at this fall’s Canadian Long Track Championships. Today’s result surpasses her 2018-2019 season’s best tenth place finish at the World Cup in Hamar.

And after helping Canada earn a bronze medal in yesterday’s team sprint event, Dubreuil (Lévis, Que.) finished ninth in the 1000m, completing the race in 1:10.282. The sprint specialist, who was ranked 15th overall in the distance on the World Cup circuit last season, looks poised to improve upon that result. He earned only one top-10 finish in the 1000m last season, a seventh-place result in Obihiro.