(February 19, 2019 – Red Deer, AB) Team Alberta continued to earn medals on the fourth day of competition at the 2019 Canada Games in Red Deer, AB, with three medals in Long Track Speed Skating.

Alberta now has 16 medals (6-5-5) and currently sits in second place of the medal standings.

There are more medal opportunities later on Tuesday in Biathlon and Gymnastics.

MULLER LOWERS CANADIAN RECORD IN GOLD MEDAL PERFORMANCE

Kaleb Muller, 20, of Cranford, AB took the gold medal in the 5000m distance at the Long Track Speed Skating events at Great Chief Park. The gold-medal winning performance lowered the previous Canada Games record.

Team Alberta teammate Joshua Hathaway, 19, of the Medicine Hat Speed Skating Club, the reigning Canadian Junior Champion in the event, won the bronze medal.

“It feels amazing. It’s been a dream of mine for a while now to get an individual gold medal. I’ve been working hard for four years, and it feels great,” said Muller, who finished 8th at the 2018 ISU World Junior Championships in Salt Lake City. “I knew the times I could do. I expected to be fast today. I know the record would be attainable and wasn’t expecting anything else.”

Added Muller: “Our coaches are doing all the right things to get us on form for the big event. We wouldn’t be where we are without them. My strategy is to hold the same lap time throughout the race. I wanted to start on 30sec laps and try to hold that to the finish.”

The time of 6:52.95 set by Mueller shatters the previous Canada Games mark. The previous Canada Games record in the distance was set in 2015 by Laurent Marcotte (QC) at 7:09.01.

As part of the Speed Skating Canada NextGen program, Muller earned his third medal of these 2019 Canada Winter Games. With the two gold medals, he fulfilled his Canada Games goal of winning gold in both the 5000m and the Team Pursuit.

Muller won the gold medal in the Men’s Team Pursuit on Sunday, and the silver medal in the 1500m on Saturday.

The 20-year-old athlete from the Lethbridge Speedskating Club competed for Team Alberta at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in speedskating and the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Mountain Biking.

BROOKLYN MCDOUGALL EARNS FOURTH MEDAL OF CANADA GAMES

In the women’s 3000m event, Brooklyn McDougall earned her fourth medal of the Canada Games, this time a bronze medal. She skated the distance with a time of 4:44.28.

McDougall thus far won two gold medals, a silver medal, and a bronze medal, delivering podium performances in each of the race she started.

The 20-year-old grew up playing hockey in Calgary, with the goal of one day representing Alberta at the Canada Winter Games, and Canada at the Olympic Games. However, at age 15, she was introduced to long track speed skating and instantly fell in love with the sport.

McDougall, who is also part of the Speed Skating Canada NextGen program, trains at the Olympic Oval in Calgary and previously represented Canada at the 2018 ISU World Junior Championships.