World Sprint Speed ​​Skating Championships | Laurent Dubreuil first in the general classification after one day

Laurent Dubreuil had a first day that lived up to his expectations at the World Sprint Long Track Speed ​​Skating Championships, held in Inzell, Germany. In addition to winning the first 500 m of the program, the Quebecer placed sixth in the 1000 m to secure his place in first place in the provisional general ranking halfway through the competition.

Starting in the last pair in the 500m, Dubreuil had an excellent start, allowing him to set the table for a good finish, crossing the finish line in 34.47 s.

“I won the 500m, which I think is a bit normal as most of my big rivals aren’t there. On the other hand, I would have hoped to be more ahead of the Chinese Zhongyan Ning, who finished fifth with an excellent time,” Dubreuil analyzed by videoconference.

Nearly two hours later, the silver medalist at the Beijing Olympic Games did it again by taking sixth place in the 1000m. The 31-year-old had another good start, but this time was unable to maintain the pace in the second lap. He finished 64 hundredths of a second behind the winner, Zhongyan Ning.

Dubreuil also sits at the top of the cumulative ranking, before a slim lead of 3 hundredths over Ning. The Dutchman Jenning De Boo (+0.17 seconds) is in third place.

“In the 1000m, the objective was essentially to keep the lead accumulated in the 500m. I broke a little more than I would have liked at the very end, but I think the legs are still good. We agree, it’s practically equal to the cumulative figure, 3 hundredths ahead, it’s almost nothing. »

“I am satisfied, in a competition like the world sprint, the goal is to have four good races and not four perfect races and today (Thursday), I had two good races. I think it will be a four-way fight for the three places on the podium,” he added.

Having been bothered by a virus over the past two weeks, Dubreuil said he was relatively surprised by his good form, having not skated more than 400 m in a row in training since the World Championships in Calgary in mid-February.

“I took two full weeks off after Calgary because I was sick. For a guy who had a fever 10 days ago, I’m very happy with my day. I finished the antibiotics yesterday (Wednesday), I don’t feel at the top of my form, but I think I’m in good enough shape to have a chance of medals,” concluded Dubreuil.

The Lévis skater will be back in action on Friday for the last two events in the 500 and 1000 m where he will try to maintain his lead to win top honors. The sprint world champion will be crowned in the aggregate of the four races of the weekend.

For her part, Valérie Maltais will participate in the 500, 1500, 3000 and 5000 m events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.


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