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Canada’s Charle Cournoyer wins Olympic bronze medal in short track

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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.

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A second Chinese skater, Wenhao Liang, fell about halfway through the race and finished in 4th place.

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Repentigny, Quebec’s Olivier Jean came in 13th place overall.

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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.