Quebec’s Samuel Girard claims gold in men’s 1,000 metre short track speedskating

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WATCH ABOVE: Canada now has 15 medals through eight days of competition in Pyeongchang, including a gold and bronze on the oval Saturday, from two Canadian speed skating rookies. Megan Robinson reports.

Canada’s Samuel Girard has won gold in men’s 1,000-metre short-track speedskating at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

The Ferland-et-Boilleau, Que., native finished in one minute and 24.650 seconds in his Olympic debut.

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John-Henry Krueger of the U.S., took silver while Seo Yira of South Korea collected bronze.

Girard, 21, had finished fourth in his semifinal but advanced when fellow Canadian Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., was assessed a penalty.

Girard finished just off the podium earlier in the Games in the 1,500.