Canada's Ivanie Blondin snags speed skating gold at World Cup event in Kazakhstan

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Canada's Ivanie Blondin snags speed skating gold at World Cup event in Kazakhstan
Canada's Ivanie Blondin snags speed skating gold at World Cup event in Kazakhstan

Canada's Ivanie Blondin added to her medal haul with gold in the women's 5,000 metres at a speed skating World Cup event in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on Friday. 

Blondin set a new track record with a mark of six minutes, 54.945 seconds to edge Martina Sáblíková (6:54.995) of the Czech Republic.

The 29-year-old native of Ottawa now boasts a career seven gold, 12 silver and 10 bronze on the World Cup circuit. 

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Fellow Canadian Isabelle Weidemann (6:55.809) joined Blondin on the podium after capturing bronze. 

WATCH | Canada's Ivanie Blondin grab gold in the women's 5,000 metres World Cup race: 

In the men's 500 Canada's Alex Boisvert-Lacroix capped off the nation's three-medal opening day at the ISU World Cup event, with a close finish for bronze. 

Boisvert-Lacroix's time of 34.730 seconds helped avoid a Russian sweep. 

Viktor Mushtakov (34.636) grabbed gold, while countryman Ruslan Murashov (34.641) came second.

WATCH | Alex Boisvert-Lacroix race to World Cup 500-metre bronze in Kazakhstan:

Live action continues on Saturday at 7 a.m. ET. live on CBC Sports.

 

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