Canada Wins Third Medal at Winter Universiade

Text from Canadian Interuniversity Sport - Canada's won its third medal at the 25th Winter Universiade Sunday in Erzurum, Turkey, when the men's short track speed skating team claimed silver in the 5000m relay thanks to a time of 7:06.359. China (7:05.813) won gold and France (7:06.469) rounded out the podium.

The Canadian foursome for the final race was comprised of Gabriel Chiasson-Poirier (UQAM) of Sherbrooke, Que., Vincent Cournoyer (Cegep Édouard-Montpetit) of Boucherville, Que., Pier-Olivier Gagnon (Cegep Rosemont) of Quebec City, and Liam McFarlane (University of Calgary) of Medicine Hat, Alta.

Allyn Gagnon (UQAM) of Montreal did not race in the final but was still awarded a medal as he competed in the previous rounds.

For McFarlane, it was a second medal in as many days following a silver in the individual 500m on Saturday.

"We were expecting to medal, so this is very satisfying," Cournoyer said. "It's too bad the Koreans fell and we couldn't compete with them until the end, but that's part of our sport. We expected China and Korea to be our main rivals in the final, but hats off to France, they also skated very well today."