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Canada's Guillaume Bastille wins short-track bronze in China

Canadian speed skater Guillaume Bastille won the bronze medal in the 1,500-metre race at the Samsung ISU World Cup in Shanghai, China for his second podium of the season.
Guillaume Bastille of Canada, left, Viktor An of Russia, centre, and Noh Jin-kyu of South Korea pose with their medals after the men's 1,500m final in Shanghai Saturday Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Osports)

Canadian speed skater Guillaume Bastille stepped on the podium for the second time this season after winning bronze in the 1,500-metre race at the Samsung ISU World Cup Shanghai, China.

Bastille, of Rivière-du-Loup, Que., finished with a time of 2:19.592, less than three seconds behind leader Victor An of Russia (2:17.736). South Korean Noh Jin-kyu clocked 2:18.043 to take the silver medal.

"The final went well. I had a good start," said Bastille. "I was well positioned and everything. But at the end there was a little contact and quite a few skaters fell. I was one of those to get up quickly. There were also disqualifications, so it was a somewhat amazing final. But I still managed to finish third with all that happened."

Michael Gilday of Yellowknife finished fifth, stopping the clock at 2:55.224.

In the women's 1,500-metre event, Canada's Marie-Eve Drolet took the fifth place with a time of 2:20.080. Korean Suk Hee Shim won gold medal in 2:19.463, followed by China's Jianrou Li (2:19.465), and Ha-Ri Cho of Korea (2:19.468).

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