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Fish, Team Canada win bronze medal in speedskating team pursuit

Second medal on world stage for Moose Jaw product in as many events
Another meet, another International Skating Union World Cup speedskating medal for Moose Jaw’s Graeme Fish.

And this time he had a bunch of his teammates to celebrate with him on the podium.

Fish – who was recently announced as one of the nominees for the 2019 SaskSport Male Athlete of the Year – joined Ted-Jan Bloeman, Jordan Belchos and Tyson Langelaar to finish third in the team pursuit during World Cup #4 in Nagano, Japan on Friday.

And is often the case in the pursuit, things were exceptionally close at the top of the standings. Canada finished in a time of three minutes, 44.876 seconds to end up only 1.93 seconds behind Japan, who themselves landed only six hundreds of a second behind the gold-medalists from Russia.

It was the second medal in as many events for Fish after winning bronze in the 10,000 metres at World Cup #3 in Kazakhstan last weekend.

Fish, 22, was back on the ice Saturday and finished 13th in the 5,000 metres in a time of 6:26.446, just under seven seconds off of a medal and 7.84 seconds back of gold medalist Danila Semerikov of Russia. Bloeman – the reigning world record holder in the distance – finished fourth and Belchos landed eighth.

The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Speed Skating Club standout now sits fourth in the World Cup distance standings, which include results from the 5,000 and 10,000 metres. His 150 points through the first four events see him sit 17 points back of Russia’s Alexander Rumyantsev and eight points ahead of Bloeman.

The ISU now takes a break through the holidays before resuming action with the Four Continents Championship in Milwaukee Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, followed by World Cup #5 in Calgary Feb. 7-8.

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