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13 décembre 2019

Japan and Canada both get two wins on day 1 in Nagano

The fourth long track speed skating World Cup of the 2019-2020 season started today in Nagano, Japan. 

By Jackob Savard
Photo: Schaats Foto’s 

On the first day of racing at the M-Wave in Nagano, the best speed skaters in the world fought hard for World Cup glory on 500m, in the mass start and in the team sprint. 

Japan wins both 500m races
Both the men’s and women's 500m were won by skaters from Japan. Yuma Murakami won the men’s category with a track record of 34.584 while his teammate Tatsuya Shinhama and Russian Pavel Kulizhnikov got silver and bronze. Nao Kodaira won the ladies’ 500m in 37.496 and was joined on the podium by Russian Angelina Golikova and Austrian Vanessa Herzog.

Belchos and Blondin golden in the mass start
Canadian Jordan Belchos won the men’s mass start after escaping the pack with three laps to go. This win made him the first Canadian to win gold on the distance at the international level. Mass start specialists Joey Mantia and Bart Swings completed the podium. Ivanie Blondin continued her win streak with a strong victory in the ladies’ mass start in Nagano. Her closest rivals were Nana Takagi from Japan and Mia Kilburg from the United States.

Russia and the Netherlands win the team sprints
The men’s team from Russia was able to win this week’s team sprint in front of Japan and Canada. It was the first men’s team sprint of the 2019-2020 season that the Dutch didn’t win. Note that the skaters who competed on the distance for the Netherlands all season didn't skated today. The ladies’ event was won by the Netherlands while Russia and Japan finished second and third. It was the last time that the team sprint would be raced this season. The ISU rewarded the Netherlands for their wins in the ladies’ and men’s team sprint overall ranking. 

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