Salt Lake City, UT – Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary, AB, broke the world record in the 10,000m distance with a time of 12:36.30, more than five seconds faster than the previous mark, to win the gold medal at the ISU World Cup Long Track Speed Skating in Salt Lake City, U.S.A. The second stage of the 2015-2016 season will end on Sunday.
Bloemen beat the previous world mark of 12:41.69, which was set by Sven Kramer of the Netherlands on March 10, 2007, in a performance which also took place in Salt Lake City. Obviously, Bloemen also improved on his personal best, which until now stood at 12:52.68 and was also a Canadian record.
His teammate Jordan Belchos of Toronto, ON, took ninth place in 13:09.06.
Kramer, who was skating in the last pairing with his teammate Jorrit Bergsma, immediately following the pairing that included Bloemen, wasn’t able to defend his record. He finished second with a time of 12:44.26 to collect the silver medal. Bergsma won bronze in 12:53.99.
“I've dreamt of this record for a long time,” said Bloemen, who saw his former teammate with the Dutch national team and previous world record holder Sven Kramer come him to him to congratulate him after his performance. “It was a perfect race. All through the race, I heard the P.A. announcer and the crowd go wild when they saw my times and realized I was close to a world record. But I was quick to ignore it all and I was able to refocus on my technique, which was key to having a good race – as well as being consistent, physically and mentally.”
Born in the Netherlands from a father who is originally from New Brunswick, Ted-Jan Bloemen has dual citizenship (Canadian and Dutch) and moved to Canada during the summer of 2014 to train with the National Team at Calgary’s Olympic Oval.
Bloemen has made a habit of breaking records this year, as he set new Canadian records in the 5000m and 10 000m earlier this fall.
“I would say that my success so far this season comes from being consistent all the way through my training program, dating back to this summer. This sort of preparation gives me a lot of confidence,” said Bloemen.
In the men's 1000m A group, the three Canadian skaters in the race all set new personal bests.
Vincent De Haître of Cumberland, ON, was the top Canadian with a fifth-place finish and a time of 1:07.45. His previous mark was 1:07.63. Alexandre St-Jean of Québec City (1:07.89) and Alex Boisvert-Lacroix of Sherbrooke, QC, respectively ended up 12th and 13th. St-Jean's previous personal best was 1:08.55 while it formerly stood at 1:08.74 for Boisvert-Lacroix.
In the women's 500m (A), Heather McLean of Winnipeg brought down her personal best from 37.67 to 37.59, on her way to a sixth-place finish. Her teammate Marsha Hudey of White City, SK, finished 13th (37.85).
In the women's 1500m B group, Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa finished first with a time of 1:55.14, to improve on her previous personal best of 1:56.85. Kali Christ of Regina was fourth (1:56.28) while Brianne Tutt of Airdrie, AB, was seventh (1:56.77).
In the men’s 10,000m B group, Stefan Waples of Winnipeg brought down his personal best from 13:36.26 to 13:21.48, on his way to a ninth-place finish.
TODAY’S CANADIAN RESULTS
10 000m M - A
GOLD: Ted-Jan Bloemen: 12:36.30
9: Jordan Belchos: 13:09.06
1000m H - A
5: Vincent De Haître: 1:07.45
12: Alexandre St-Jean: 1:07.89
13: Alex Boisvert-Lacroix: 1:07.97
500m (2) W - A
6: Heather McLean: 37.59
13: Marsha Hudey: 37.85
10 000m H - B
9: Stefan Waples: 13:21.48
1500m W – B
1: Ivanie Blondin: 1:55.14
4: Kali Christ: 1:56.28
7: Brianne Tutt: 1:56.77
500m (2) W - B
2: Kaylin Irvine: 38.45
10: Jessica Gregg: 38.84
1000m M - B
8: Gilmore Junio: 1:09.04
More details are available at Speed Skating Canada's web site at www.speedskating.ca.