02/15/2014 10:11 EST | Updated 02/15/2014 10:49 EST

Denny Morrison Wins Bronze In 1500m

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 15: Denny Morrison of Canada competes in the Men's 1500m Speed Skating event on day 8 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Denny Morrison has won a bronze medal in the 1500m, his second of these Olympic Games.

Morrison, who skated a 1:45.22 was beaten by Poland's Zbigniew Brodka (1:45:006) and the Netherland's Koen Verweij who narrowly missed out on a rare tie (1:45:009).

Morrison won a silver in the 1000m earlier this week. He was given the chance to skate in the race after teammate Gilmore Junio gave up his spot.

Both medals were a surprise for Morrison, who wasn't expected to contend for the podium in the individual events.

The 28-year-old finished 11th in the 1,500 at the 2006 Turin Games before settling for ninth four years ago in Vancouver.

But Morrison has since showed signs of improvement in the distance, most notably with a first-place finish at the 2012 world single distances championships.

With files from CP

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