Canada’s Dubreuil leads after 2 races at speed skating worlds | CBC Sports

Canadian speed skater Laurent Dubreuil won the first men’s 500-metre sprint race Thursday at the speed skating world championships, and then added a third-place finish in the 1000-metre race to sit first overall going into Day 2 of the event in Hamar, Norway. 

Dubreuil, from Levis, Que., skated to victory in a time of 34.58 seconds in the 500, adding a time of 1:08.85 in the 1000.

Thomas Krol of the Netherlands is in second place, highlighted by a leading time of 1:08.16 in the 1000m. His countrymate Kai Verbij put forth a more consistent performance to sit third, placing fourth in both the 500m and 1000m.

It was Dubreuil’s first race since he won the silver medal in the 1,000 metres last month at the Beijing Olympics.

In the sprint events, champions are decided after two races over 500 metres and two over 1,000m.

The second 500 and 1,000 sprint races will be held Friday.

WATCH | Laurent Dubreuil leads at the halfway point:

Canada’s Laurent Dubreuil leads at midway point of World Speed Skating Championships

Laurent Dubreuil of Levis, Que., won the men’s 500-metre race and finished third in the 1,000-metre race to lead halfway through the ISU World Speed Skating Championships in Hamar, Norway. 2:45

Women’s sprint event

Calgary native Maddison Pearman kicked off the entire competition skating alone in the 500m, ultimately placing 17th with a time of 40.08. She improved upon that finish in the 1000m by putting forth a time of 1:18.10, good for 11th and bringing her overall rank up to 13th.

She was joined by fellow Calgarian Brooklyn McDougall, who is currently sitting in 16th with times of 39.19 in the 500m (14th), and 1:21.59 in the 1000m (16th). McDougall finished 22nd in the women’s 500m in Beijing.

Netherlands dominates the top of the women’s standings as well, with 1000m Olympic silver medallist Jutta Leerdam and Femke Kok claiming the top two spots. Vanessa Herzog of Austria is right behind in third.

For more coverage of this event, watch Road to the Olympic Games on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, and on Sunday at 12:30 a.m. ET and 1 p.m. ET, and visit the following link for streaming Friday through Sunday, featuring sprint and allround combinations, and team sprint competitions.

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