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Canada’s William Dandjinou golden again at World Cup short track event in Germany | CBC Sports



Canadian short track speed skater William Dandjinou continued his winning ways at a World Cup event in Dresden, Germany, on Saturday.

The Montreal native finished the men’s 1,500-metre final in two minutes 11.460 seconds to win his second straight gold medal in the distance. Dandjinou took top honours in the 1,500 at the last World Cup event in Seoul in December.

“I feel very good and I’m happy to be back on the podium,” Dandjinou said. “It was a bit of a surprise because I didn’t feel like I had the legs I had at previous competitions. After my day on Friday, we made a few adjustments with the coaches.

“I’m happy with the result and for staying in the race for the Crystal Globe.”

Rounding out the podium in Dresden were Stijn Desmet of Belgium, who captured silver in in 2:11.711, and South Korea’s Kim Gun Woo, who captured bronze in 2:11.785.

Pascal Dion, also from Montreal, was sixth in the 1,500 with a time of 2:12.122.

WATCH | Dandjinou capture gold in men’s 1,500m:

Montreal’s Dandjinou claims World Cup short track speed skating gold

Canada’s William Dandjinou won a World Cup speed skating 1500 metre gold medal in Dresden, Germany, Saturday.

Two other Canadian men will bring home medals from Dresden – Felix Roussel, of Sherbrooke, Que., and Steven Dubois, of Terrebonne, Que., won silver and bronze, respectively, in the 1,000m final

Roussel finished in a time of 1:26.482 while Dubois crossed the line in 1:26.559.

“It was a big day for me, I felt more confident as the rounds went on and I had good legs,” Roussel said. “I’m proud of the medal and the fact that I now have one in every distance this season, but what I remember most is that I learned a lot about myself after racing with what are undoubtedly two of the best skaters in the world.

“It motivates me for the future to see what I need to go for gold, but I feel rewarded for my efforts over the last few months since the Asian World Cups.”

Park Ji Won of South Korea won the event in a time of 1:26.406.

WATCH | Roussel, Dubois land on podium in Dresden:

Roussel and Dubois capture World Cup short track speed skating medals for Canada

Felix Roussel, of Sherbrooke, Que., and Steven Dubois, of Terrebonne, Que., won silver and bronze, respectively, in the 1,000m final Saturday in Dresden Germany.

Other Canadian results

  • Courtney Sarault (Moncton, N.B.) was fifth in the women’s 1,500m final

  • Danae Blais (Chateauguay, Que.) won the women’s 1,500m ‘B’ final

  • Kim Boutin (Sherbrooke, Que.) was fifth in the women’s 1,000m final

  • Claudia Gagnon (La Baie, Que.) won the women’s 1,000m ‘B’ final

  • Jordan Pierre Gilles (Sherbrooke, Que.) was fifth in the men’s 1,000m ‘B’ final

Coverage of Day 2 begins on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET. Live stream all the action on, the CBC Sports app and on CBC Gem.

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