Steven Dubois races to bronze at short track World Cup
Canadians find mixed results at 2nd event of season in Salt Lake City, Utah
Dubois of Lachenaie, Que., finished in two minutes 13.424 seconds, just behind the Netherlands' Sjinkie Knegt (2:13.113) and June Seo Lee of South Korea (2:13.214).
"The race felt great," said Dubois.
"It started super fast, so I wasn't sure what to do. I ended up staying in the back, waiting for them to slow down. It never happened, so in the last two or three laps I gave it my all and went outside to get into the third position.
Watch Dubois' bronze-medal race:
Dubois added that he wasn't expecting a podium finish so early in the season.
"I'm super happy to get a bronze medal here," he said.
"I was expecting medals this year, but for it to come so soon — in the second World Cup — gives me a lot of confidence for what's coming next."
The short track World Cup season is underway:
Five-time Olympic medallist Charles Hamelin of Saint-Julie, Que., came in a tie for second in the B final.
Charle Cournoyer of Boucherville, Que., ended up just off the podium in the 1,000 final, recording a time of 1:24.997 behind third-place Ji Won Park of South Korea's 1:24.705. Shaolin Sandor Liu of Hungary picked up gold, while Ziwei Ren of China grabbed silver.
Meanwhile, 20-year-old Alyson Charles of Montreal followed up her strong performance at the World Cup in Calgary last weekend with a fourth-place finish in the 1000. Charles clocked in at 1:29.113, behind Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands (1:28.436), Sofia Prosvirnova of Russia (1:28.509) and Kexin Fan of China (1:28.769).
Charles grabbed three bronze medals in Calgary.
Action resumes on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.