Ottawa native Isabelle Weidemann captured bronze in the women’s 3,000 metres long-track speedskate event, giving Canada its first medal at the Beijing Olympics.
Weidemann finished in 3 minutes 58.64 seconds on Saturday and was first before both skaters in the final pairing beat her.
Irene Schouten of the Netherlands won gold in an Olympic record time of 3:56.93. Francesca Lollobrigida of Italy was second in 3:58.06.
This was Canada’s first Olympic medal in women’s long-track speedskating since 2010.
Banner image: Canada’s Isabelle Weidemann smiles after skating in the women’s 5000-metre competition at the ISU World Allround Championships speedskating event in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, March 3, 2019. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)