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Canadian speedskater Graeme Fish notches world record to win gold at worlds

Canada's Graeme Fish celebrates after the men's 10,000 metres during the world single distances speedskating championships Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Kearns, Utah.
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February 14, 2020 - 6:00 PM

SALT LAKE CITY - Canada's Graeme Fish set a world record to win a gold medal in the men's 10,000 metres on Friday at the world single distance speed skating championships.

Fish, from Moose Jaw, Sask., finished in 12 minutes 33.868 seconds, breaking fellow Canadian Ted-Jan Bloemen's world record set in 2015 (12:36.30).

It was the second medal in as many days for the 22-year-old Fish, who captured bronze Thursday in the 5,000.

Bloemen also was back on the podium, finishing second in the 10,000 (12:45.010) after winning the 5,000.

Germany's Patrick Beckert was third.

Fish also became the first man from outside the Netherlands to win gold in the 10,000 at the world single distance championships. This year is the 20th time the event has been held.

Later, Ottawa's Ivanie Blondin and Isabelle Weidemann and Valerie Maltais of Saguenay, Que., won bronze for Canada in the women's team pursuit. Japan was first and the Netherlands was second.

The event runs through Sunday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 14, 2020.

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