Canada’s Laurent Dubreuil has achieved the first Olympic podium of his career.
On Friday, the Levis, Que., native won silver in the men’s 1,000-metres at Beijing 2022, earning Canada’s 24th medal of the Games.
The 29-year-old skated to a time of 1:08.32 in the final pair to earn Canada’s first podium in the event since Denny Morrison at Sochi 2014.
He shared the podium with Thomas Krol of the Netherlands, who added a gold medal to his silver in the 1,500m, and Norway’s Harvard Lorenzen, who won bronze, 0.16 seconds back of Dubreuil.
WATCH | Laurent Dubreuil skates to silver on Friday:
“I thought I had a good chance to medal this week, more so in the 500m and to finish fourth in the 500 by three- hundredths and to have a really tough week, to get over it and show up today and win a medal is amazing,” Dubreuil said.
“I was happy in life before the last two weeks, and I didn’t have an Olympic medal before today, so it’s just the best sporting moment of my life, maybe — but it’s a bit of a bonus on top of my happy life so far.”
Coming into the Beijing Games as the reigning world champion in the 500m distance, Dubreuil was a favourite in the event. After missing the podium in it by just 0.03 on Saturday he rebounded to skate one of the fastest 1,000m races of his career.
WATCH | Debreuil reacts after winning 1,000m silver:
Skating alongside Kai Verbij of the Netherlands, Dubreuil worked his way through the race where Vebij pulled up with a physical issue mid-lap.
The Canadian men’s speed skaters now look toward the mass start — the final event of their Games — at 2:45 a.m. ET on Saturday.
All the action will be streamed live on CBC Gem, the CBC Sports app and CBC Sports’ Beijing 2022 website.