WATCH: Charle Cournoyer talks about his Olympic dream coming true winning a medal in short track
Canada’s Charle Cournoyer has won a bronze medal in the men’s 500-metre short track event in Sochi.
The 22 year-old from Boucherville, Quebec managed to medal in his first Olympics. He finished with a time of 41.617 seconds, 0.3 seconds behind Russia’s Victor An and 0.1 behind China’s Dajing Wu, who won gold and silver, respectively.
A second Chinese skater, Wenhao Liang, fell about halfway through the race and finished in 4th place.
Repentigny, Quebec’s Olivier Jean came in 13th place overall.
Canada’s defending champion Charles Hamelin was a favourite going into the event, but he fell in the qualifying heat and didn’t make it into the quarterfinals. Valerie Maltais – the only Canadian who made it to the semifinals in the 1000-metre women’s event – also fell, taking herself out of medal contention.