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Canada’s Dandjinou strikes gold for first medal at short track speedskating worlds

By The Canadian Press on March 17, 2024.

Canada's William Dandjinou, right, pushes his skate over the finish line to win the final of the men's 1000 meters ahead of Italy's Pietro Sighel, left, at the World Championships Short Track skating at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, March 17, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Peter Dejong

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands – Canada’s William Dandjinou capped his season with his first career worlds medal on Sunday, striking gold in the men’s 1,000 metres at the short track speedskating world championships.

The Montreal native narrowly won with a time of one minute 25.534 seconds.

Italy’s Pietro Sighel (1:25.555) and Luca Spechenhauser (1:26.026) earned silver and bronze, respectively.

The 22-year-old Dandjinou captured six World Cup medals across five competitions this season, including three victories in the 1,500.

Canada’s women’s relay team also came away with bronze in the 3,000 on Sunday. The quartet of Kim Boutin, Danae Blais, Rikki Doak and Renee Steenge finished with a time of 4:12.675.

The Netherlands (4:07.788) and the U.S. (4:08.061) earned gold and silver, respectively.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 17, 2024.

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