Ivanie Blondin wins mass begin gold at pace skating World Cup opener

Ottawa’s Ivanie Blondin kicked off the World Cup long-track pace skating season with a gold medal within the mass begin in Obihiro, Japan on Friday.

Blondin earned a decisive victory in a time of eight minutes 25.11 seconds, defeating Esther Kiel of the Netherlands (8:25.45) and Mia Kilburg-Manganello of the USA (8:25.58) in a dash to the end line.

“I wasn’t fairly certain how I’d do as a result of we have not raced in fairly a while, however the pace was there, and I used to be actually pleased with it. Close to the top, I simply went for it,” Blondin stated.

Canadian teammate Valérie Maltais, of La Baie, Que., completed fourth in 8:26.05.

WATCH | Blondin victorious in Japan:

Ottawa’s Ivanie Blondin wins her 1st race of the season in Japan

Featured VideoOttawa’s Ivanie Blondin wins the ladies’s mass begin competitors in Obihiro, Japan, within the first ISU World Cup pace skating occasion of the season.

It was the 33-year-old Blondin’s second profession mass begin medal in Obihiro, having beforehand received gold in 2014.

“From a technique perspective, Valérie and I had been protecting for one another to ensure there have been no massive breakaways. I believe it will have been nice if each Canadians had been on the rostrum in the long run,” Blondin stated.

She is coming off a profitable 2022-2023 season by which she received the World Cup title and introduced house a silver medal from the world championships.

On the lads’s aspect, Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu of Sherbrooke, Que., was fourth within the mass begin after not competing within the self-discipline as soon as final season.

The World Cup occasion continues with stay protection out there starting at 12:30 a.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports activities app and CBC Gem.

WATCH | Motion from Day 1 in Obihiro, Japan:

ISU World Cup Pace skating Obihiro, Japan – Day 1

Featured VideoWatch as a number of the finest pace skaters on the earth go to Meiji Hokkaido Tokachi Oval in Obihiro. Japan for the primary ISU World Cup occasion of the season.

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