After four days of competition, Ivanie Blondin’s final medal tally stands at five, having captured gold in both the 1500m and mass start events on the last day of the Canadian Long Track Championships, presented by Intact Insurance. David La Rue and Hayden Mayeur were also crowned Canadian Champions, in the men’s 1500m and mass start, respectively.
La Rue (Saint-Lambert, QC) earned his second title of the year with a time of 1:44.96 in the 1500m. He was closely followed by Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu (Sherbrooke, QC) and Tyson Langelaar (Winnipeg, MB), who captured the first senior championships medal of his career.
The podium in the ladies’ 1500m closely matched those from the long distance events earlier in the weekend, with Blondin (1:55.56) and Isabelle Weidemann, both of Ottawa, taking the top two spots and Valérie Maltais (Saguenay, QC) closing out the trio. Maltais and Weidemann switched spots in the mass start, earning silver and bronze respectively.
Mayeur’s Canadian Champion title in the men’s mass start was a career first for the Toronto native. Crossing the line in second and third position, having battled through a crowded race, were Kaleb Muller (Cranford, AB) and Jake Weidemann (Ottawa, ON).
The results of the Canadian Championships will be used to select the team representing Canada on the ISU World Cup circuit this season.