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Canadian silver in World Cup speed skating team sprint event

De Haître, Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que., and Laurent Dubreuil of Lévis, Que. finished the 3,000-metre race with a time of one minute 20.91 seconds, slightly behind first-place Netherlands (1:20.55). A German trio finished third in 1:21.06.

Sunday’s result also allowed Canada to claim the overall World Cup title in men’s team sprint. The roster also included Montreal’s Christopher Fiola.

De Haître had earned a silver medal in the men’s 1,000 metres race at Stavanger on Saturday and also finished second overall in the World Cup standings at that distance for 2016-17.

He also raced Sunday in the 1,500 metres, but placed seventh in 1:47.21. Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands was first in 1:45.00.

“We knew we would maintain our overall ranking with the way the competition worked out,” De Haître said. “We surprised ourselves a bit with the second-place finish. Our major objective was to see what we could do when the cards were against us. We had a nice smooth race, and we now have an overall victory and a silver medal to show for it, and we are all really happy with that.” 

A trio from Netherlands won the women’s team sprint ahead of Japan and Norway.

Ottawa’s Ivanie Blondin raced to eighth place in the women’s mass-start event to finish third in overall World Cup ranking for the season.

Nao Kodaira of Japan won the women’s 1,500-metre race, but Heather Bergsma of the United States claimed the overall World Cup title for that event.

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