HEERENVEEN, NETHERLANDS – Canada’s Heather McLean is ranked in the top 10 after the first day of races at the 2019 ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands.
McLean was the top Canadian on the ladies’ side on Saturday, earning an 11th place result (38.10) in the 500m and 12th place finish (1:16.23) in the 1000m. The Winnipeg native finished the day ranked ninth (76.215) in the overall standings, +1.44 seconds behind the leader.
“The race environment for the world championships here is great,” said McLean, who is coming off a 10th place finish in the 500m at the World Single Distance Championships a few weeks ago. “The crowd has a ton of energy and it’s making this competition fun.”
“As far as the races go I’m becoming more consistent with the opener in the 500m but the 1000m is what I am most proud of right now. It’s always been a challenging distance for me and it’s really coming along the second half of this season. Looking forward to two more races tomorrow!”