Laurent Dubreuil, Gilmore Junio and Vincent De Haître (CAN) handed the home crowd a gold medal and a world record in the Men’s Team Sprint at the Calgary Olympic Oval on Friday. Russia won the Ladies Team Sprint event.
Canada started with a different line-up than the one that took to the ice in Stavanger two weeks ago.
With Dubreuil instead of Alex Boiosvert-Lacroix, they faced Norway’s Bjørn Magnussen, Henrik Fagerli Rukke and Håvard Lorentzen in the final pair.
As at the earlier world cup season stops in Heerenveen and Stavanger, the Canadian men did not leave any room for doubt, being faster throughout the race.
Finishing in 1:17.31, Canada was more than two seconds faster than the 2016 world record of 1:19.97 set by the USA’s Jonathan Garcia, Mitchell Whitmore and Kimani Griffin.
Second-placed Russia (1:18.25), bronze medallists the Netherlands (1:18.53) and fourth-placed Norway were all faster than the previous world record.
Russia wins ladies team sprint
Russia’s Angelina Golikova, Olga Fatkulina and Elizaveta Kazelina won the Ladies Team Sprint event in 1:24.84.
Norway’s Martine Ripsrud, Hege Bøkko and Ida Njåtun took silver in 1:26.38 and China’s Xiaoxuan Shi, Xin Zhao and Ruining Tian clinched bronze in 1:26.65.
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