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Richmond skater, 14, finishes just off podium in national junior men's

David Li said he achieved his goal of a top-five placing
Connaught's David Li placed fifth in the national junior men's category

He was one of the youngest competitors in the field but that didn’t stop Richmond’s David Li finishing just off the podium at the recent National Championships.

The 15-year-old Connaught product was competing in the junior men category at the event in Ontario, where he came in fifth overall.

His Connaught coach, Keegan Murphy, said David’s goal was, in fact, a top five finish, after he placed ninth at the Challenge Qualifying event.

"I was really approaching this event as the underdog.  All I could do was show my best like in training,” David told the Richmond News.

“My goal was top five, so I am proud to have achieved that.

"For the next season, I will fight to achieve a spot on the National Podium in Junior Men."

The News reported almost a year ago how David, as a 14-year-old, was chosen to represent Canada at a prestigious international event for the first time in Italy at the 2022 Egna Spring Trophy.

Last week, we reported how David’s fellow Connaught skating star, Wesley Chiu, 17, who came from 11th place after the short program to grab his second bronze in a row at the national men’s championships.

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