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(Posted 9 a.m., Feb. 12)
Isabelle Weidemann cracks top 10 at World Championships
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Isabelle Weidemann placed 10th in the 3000-metres at the World Single Distance Championships in Kelomn, Russia. File photo

Orléans native and Gloucester Concordes member Isabelle Weidemann has cracked the top 10 skating in her first ever World Single Distance Speed Skating Championship.

The reigning national champion in the 3000- and 5000-metres placed 10th in the 3000-metres in Kelomna, Russia on Friday, completing the distance in a time of 4:09.72.

"I'm very happy with my race today. A 10th-place finish is pretty good for me," Weidemann, 20, said after the race. "Things have gone pretty well at practice this week and I was feeling O.K. going in, so I was expecting to come up with a decent one."

Fellow Gloucester Concordes member and Orléans native Ivanie Blondin finished a disappointing 13th, after placing 7th inthe event last year. The 25-year-old veteran will now concentrateon her specialty, the mass start whuch will be held on Sunday, and the women's team pursuit on .

"Obviously, it wasn't my best performance today,” said Blondin. “Sometimes races don't go the way you want them to. For me now, it's a matter of hitting the reset button for the mass start and focus my energy on that."

Weidemann's next skate is in the 5000 later today. Cumberland native Vincent de Haitre will also be competing today in the men's 1500.

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