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Canada's Drolet skates to bronze in 1,500M event

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Associated Press
3/9/2012 1:07:47 PM
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SHANGHAI, China -- Canada's Marie-Eve Drolet won bronze in the women's 1,500-metre race Friday at the world short-track speedskating championships.

Drolet of Laterriere, Que., finished in two minutes 23.474 seconds behind gold-medallist Li Jianrou of China in 2:23.217 and teammate Liu Qiuhong (2:23.411).

"The final was quite different (than the semifinal) because there were eight skaters (instead of the usual six)," said the 30-year-old. "For sure my coach Sebastien (Cros) and I thought I absolutely had to stay among the top three because there were so many skaters. I'm very happy with my third place finish."

Canada hadn't won a medal in the 1,500 metres since Alanna Krauss took bronze during the 2003-04 season.

Li, fifth in the event at last year's world championships, trailed Liu for most of the race but passed her on the final lap.

"It is my first gold at world championships," Li said. "I was relaxed in the final which helped my performance."

No. 1-ranked Cho Ha-ri of South Korea failed to make the final.

"The absence of Cho in the final made me feel more confident," Li added. "She is one of my strongest rivals."

In the men's 1,500, Noh Jink-yu of South Korea won gold in 2:15.661, with teammates Kwak Yoon-gy second in 2:15.755 and Sin Da-woon in third in 2:15.861.

Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., was only 0.083 seconds from the bronze, finishing in fourth place (2:15.944). Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que., followed in fifth spot (2:16.373).

Speed Skating (Photo: Andreas Rentz/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Andreas Rentz/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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