Canada earns pair of silver medals at long track World Cup

Canada earned a pair of silver medals at the World Cup long track speed skating event in Stavanger, Norway, on Saturday.

In the men's 5000-metre event, Ted-Jan Bloemen clocked a time of six minutes, 18.46 seconds to finish second, with Jorrit Bergsma of the Netherlands winning the race in 6:17:74 and Dutchman Erik jan Kooiman taking bronze in 6:19.07.

"That was definitely finishing the season on a high", said Bloemen.

"I'm really happy with that race. I had to prove something to myself after World Championships and not being on the podium there.

Vincent De Haitre also earned a trip to the podium by taking silver in the 1000m by posting a time of 1:09.28. Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands was the top finisher with a time of 1:08.76, while German Nico Ihle finished third in 1:09.42.

On the women's side, Marsha Hudey finished fifth in the 500m and Ivanie Blondin was sixth in the 3000m.

"It was an average race, nothing spectacular. Some good things and some things that I could improve on which I will do in my race tomorrow. It's fun to be here and fun to be racing in the last World Cup of the season," said Hudey.