Canada's Florence Brunelle won three gold medals at the World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships in in Gdansk just weeks after competing at Beijing 2022 ©Getty Images

Canada’s Florence Brunelle claimed three gold medals at the World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships in in Gdansk to underline her billing as a potential star of the future.

The 18-year-old had been part of Canada’s short track squad at Beijing 2022, where she narrowly missed out on a medal after ending fourth in the women's relay event.

Brunelle, who has been compared to Canada’s four-time Olympic medallist Kim Boutin, enjoyed three visits to the podium during the International Skating Union (ISU) junior event at the Hala Olivia.

She claimed gold in the women’s 500 metres event, leading a Canadian one-two.

Brunelle finished the race in a winning time of 44.473sec, with team-mate Ann-Sophie Bachand ending second in 44.559.

The Netherlands’ Michelle Velzeboer completed the podium in 44.659.

Brunelle also won the women’s 1,000m title in a time of 1min 32.00sec, followed by South Korea’s Kim Gil-li and The Netherlands’ Diede van Oorschot in 1:32.072 and 1:32.298, respectively.

A hat-trick of gold medals was secured in the women’s 3,000m relay, where Brunelle, Bachand, Anna-Clara Belley and Ayisha Miao triumphed in a time of 4:19.363.

The Netherlands’ Angel Daleman, Zoe Deltrap, Diede van Oorschot and Michelle Velzeboer were second in 4:19.469, with Hungary’s Viktoria Albert, Maja Somodi, Dora Szigeti and Diana Laura Vegi third in 4:19.518.

Brunelle's three gold medals ensured Canada finished second in the overall medals table behind South Korea.

They won a total of nine medals - three gold, three silver and three bronze. 

South Korea celebrated success in the women’s 1500m competition, with Kim Gil-li adding to her 1000m silver by clinching the gold medal in 2:24.688.

Daleman earned the silver medal in a time of 2:35.612, with Jang Yeon-Jae of South Korea taking bronze in 2:25.723.

South Korea enjoyed two podium clean sweeps in men’s competition, with their skaters dominated the 1000m and 1500m events.

Kim Min-seo clinched the 1000m title in a time of 1:26.929, followed by Park Geon-nyeong and Lee Do-gyu in 1:27.020 and 1:27:200.

Park triumphed in the longer 1500m race in 2:21.408, with Lee finishing in 2:21.509 as the runner-up.

Kim added bronze to his 1000m title in a time of 2:21.601.

The Netherlands’ Jenning de Boo held off Hungarian opposition to claim the 500m title, crossing the line in 41.319.

Hungary’s Bence Nogradi and Peter Jaszapati rounded off the podium places, achieving times of 41.385 and 41.492 respectively.

Piero Castellazzi, Alessandro Loreggia, Davide Oss Chemper and Lorenzo Previtali won gold for Italy in the men’s 3000m relay, taking the title in 4:06.895.

Nogradi and Jaszapati won silver for Hungary with Ádám Granasztói and Dominik Major in a time of 4:06.986.

France’s Étienne Bastier, Noah Buffet, Tawan Thomas and Arthur Vanbesien won bronze in 4:07.039.