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Connor Howe, Isabelle Weidemann win speed skating gold, silver in the Netherlands


Canadian speed skaters won a pair a medals at the World Cup event in Heerenveen, Netherlands, on Sunday as Connor Howe took the gold in the men’s 1,500 metres and Isabelle Weidemann won silver in the women’s 3,000.

The 22-year-old Howe, of Canmore, Alta., skated to a time of one minute, 43.38 seconds, 0.26 ahead of Dutch world record holder Kjeld Nuis, and 0.45 ahead of bronze medallist Thomas Krol.

Fellow Canadians Tyson Langelaar (1:45.82) and Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu (1:45.98) finished 18th and 19th, respectively.

It’s the second gold medal for Canada at the Heerenveen stop of the World Cup after Laurent Dubreuil won the men’s 500m on Saturday.

WATCH | Dubreuil skates to gold in Heerenveen:

Dubreuil wins 500m speed skating gold in Heerenveen

Canadian Laurent Dubreuil topped the podium after finishing 0.11 seconds ahead of Japan’s Wataru Morishige in the Netherlands.

Sunday’s silver medal for Weidemann was her second medal of the weekend, having won silver in the women’s team sprint on Saturday.

Weidemann finished Sunday’s race in 3:57.70, second only to Dutch skater Irene Schouten, who broke her own track record with a blistering 3:54.04.

Canadians Ivanie Blondin (3:59.82) finished fifth and Valerie Maltais (4:03.98) was 10th.



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