Team Canada with Valerie Maltais, center, Ivanie Blondin, left, and Isabelle Weidemann, right, compete during the women's team pursuit race of the World Cup Speedskating at the Thialf ice arena in Heerenveen, northern Netherlands, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Blondin, Weidemann and Maltais win gold at World Cup in Salt Lake City

Ivanie BlondinIsabelle Weidemann and Valérie Maltais are victorious in the women’s team pursuit on day two of the ISU Speed Skating World Cup in Salt Lake City.

The Canadian women captured a gold medal on Saturday in 2 minutes and 52.412 seconds. The Netherlands finished closely behind (+0.28s) in second with a time of 2:52.692 and the Russian team rounded out the podium with bronze (2:56.220).

This is their second gold medal in as many races in the women’s team pursuit World Cup event. Their first victory came from the first World Cup of the season in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland. In Poland, the same Canadian team of Blondin, Weidemann and Maltais delivered a strong final race to reach the top step of the podium.

READ: Long Track: Canadian women capture team pursuit gold at World Cup in Poland

Elsewhere on the track, Connor Howe skated a personal best in the men’s 1500m final. He finished in sixth position and clocked a time of 1 minute and 42.555 seconds.

Previously on Saturday, Laurent Dubreuil won his fifth World Cup medal of the season. He captured a bronze medal in the men’s 500m with a time of 34.099s. Dubreuil has been a force to be reckoned with in the 500m event this season, claiming a medal at all three World Cup stops so far.

READ: Laurent Dubreuil skates to 500m bronze in Salt Lake City

Speed skating action will continue on Sunday in Salt Lake City. Next, skaters will head to Calgary from December 10 to 12 for the fourth and final World Cup event of the season before Beijing 2022.