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Canada's Dubreuil wins silver in men's 1,000m speed skating at Beijing Games29-year-old wins silver medal in the men's 1,000m at the National Speed Skating Centre.

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Levis, Que., native earns his 1st Olympic podium after falling short in 500m

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Canadian speed skater Laurent Dubreuil won his first Olympic medal on Friday at the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games.

Te 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 one minute 8.32 seconds in the final pair to earn Canada's first medal 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 Haavard Holmefjord Lorenzen, who won bronze, 16-hundredths of a second back of Dubreuil.

WATCH | Laurent Dubreuil skates to silver on Friday:

Canadian speed skater Laurent Dubreuil captures 1,000m silver at Beijing 2022

12 hours agoDuration 4:49Speed skater Laurent Dubreuil of Levis, Que., wins the silver medal in the men's 1,000m with a time of 1:08.32.4:49

"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:

Speed skater Laurent Dubreuil reflects on winning silver in men's 1,000m

11 hours agoDuration 1:55Laurent Dubreuil of Levis, Que., discusses his silver medal performance in the men's 1,000m speed skating event at the Beijing Olympics.Olympic athletes deserve some slack for emotional reactions after competition

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