Plomin wins 5,000m gold and sets local ice record at World Cup in Quebec City
Canadian long track speed skater Ted Jan Plomin won gold on national ice with a record-setting performance Friday in Quebec City.
The two-time Olympic medalist won the men’s 5,000 meters in a record time of six minutes, 13.87 seconds at the Center de glaces Intact Assurance. Italian Davide Giotto took second place with a time of 6:17.18, just 0.38 seconds behind Norwegian bronze medalist Hallgeir Engebråten.
Moose Jaw, Sask., native Graeme Fish finished 16th (6:43.41).
The win marks Plumen’s third medal at the distance in as many weeks after bronze medals at last week’s stop and the Four Continents Championships, both held at the Utah Olympic Oval near Salt Lake City.
Watch Bloomin win gold:
Valerie Maltese of La Baie, Que., also returned to the World Cup podium for the second week in a row by claiming another bronze in the women’s 3,000 meters earlier Friday.
Maltese edged out Ottawa’s Isabelle Weidman by just 0.06 seconds with a time of 4:02.73, finishing behind Dutch skaters Erin Schouten (4:01.11) and Joy Byun (4:02.62).
Canadian pursuit teammate Evanie Blundin of Ottawa finished 11th out of 16 skiers with a time of 4:07.07.
Malte won gold in the same event at the Four Continents Championships.
Watch l Malte take bronze in home province:
The final meeting of the long track World Cup season continues through Sunday, with live coverage on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem. The contest continues on Saturday at 2:30 PM ET.
Twenty-nine Canadians representing seven provinces are competing in Quebec City, which is hosting the World Cup for the first time since 1992.
Maltese and Blondin will compete in the women’s mass start on Sunday, finishing first and second in the standings respectively.
The World Cup in Quebec City will be followed by the World Championships in Calgary (February 15-18).