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Canmore’s Connor Howe storms to 6th at world champs

“My plan was to be aggressive from the start and hold on to some good speed into the second lap, and I accomplished that,” said Connor Howe.
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Connor Howe competes in the 1,500 metre at the ISU Speed Skating World Championships on Sunday (Feb. 14). Rafal Oleksiewicz Speed Skating Canada Photo

THE NETHERLANDS – Connor Howe's unquestionable talent and speed was on full display during his final race at the ISU Speed Skating World Championships.

On Sunday (Feb. 14), the 20-year-old long track specialist flew to sixth in the 1,500 metre at a time of 1:45.862, only 0.36 off the podium.

“My plan was to be aggressive from the start and hold on to some good speed into the second lap, and I accomplished that,” said Howe in a press release. “I am really happy with sixth place and it gives me motivation for next year."

The Netherlands swept the podium as Thomas Krol won at a time of 1:43.752. Kjeld Nuis was second (1:44.110), and Patrick Roest was third (1:45.493).

The race caps off a strong world championship for Howe, where he finished 10th in Saturday’s 1,000m, and won silver in team pursuit with teammates Jordan Belchos and Ted-Jan Bloemen.

“I’m very happy with our race and with the silver medal,” said Howe on Feb. 12.

“We had to work hard for it today and I’m proud of us. I never expected getting a result like this a couple months ago; it’s kind of hard to believe that it happened.”



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