Kim Boutin and Pascal Dion won silver at the World Cup in Montreal

Acknowledgments: Antoine Saito, Speed ​​Skating Canada

Kim Boutin earned a few silver medals on the opening day of the tournament ISU World Short Track Championships in Montreal, while home skater Pascal Dion brought one of his homes in front of a sold-out audience in Maurice Richard Arena.

After a perfect qualifying day on Friday, in which all six Canadian skaters advanced in each of their three individual distances, the Canadian team reached the five A finals and won three medals to kick off the season’s final event on Saturday.

Boutin won the first medal for Canada on the day when she won silver in the women’s 1500m run. For a native of Sherbook, it was the third medal in the World Distance Championship in his career, and in 2018 and 2019 he also won silver.

Boutin, who finished 10thth in the 1500m run at the recent Winter Olympics in Beijing, he held the lead in most of the final races until he was overtaken by Korean Choi Minjeong, who remained three laps. Choi, the reigning 1500m Olympic winner, crossed the finish line in first place (2: 23,594), followed by Boutin (2: 24,201) and Korean skater Seo Whimin (2: 24,455).

Teammate Courtney Sarault finished just below the podium in fourth place (2: 24,537) until Alyson Charles advanced to the semifinals and finished 17th.

Boutin then won silver in the 500m (42,570), Dutch skater Xandra Velzeboer (42,476) won gold and teammate Yara van Kerfhof (42,642) bronze. For Boutin, who coincidentally is the reigning world recorder, this was the first medal in the World Distance Championship.

On the men’s side, for the first time in his career, a native of Montreal, Pascal Dion, got to the podium of the World Championship, who brought silver for the men’s 1,500 m in a time of 2: 15,644. The gold was won by the Hungarian Liu Shaoang (2: 15,096), the bronze was brought home by the Belgian Stijn Desmet (2: 15,716).

Jordan Pierre-Gilles finished fourth in the 1500m B-final, placing 11th overall in the distance, while Steven Dubois crashed in the semifinals, pushing him to 19th place.

Dion also earned Canada’s best result in the men’s 500m run, winning the B-final and finishing fifth overall (40,829). Dubois finished third in the same races (41,046), finishing eighth.

The Canadian relay teams ended the day qualifying for the final. The men’s team finished in the semi-finals behind the Dutch, the women were second to the Koreans.

After the first two distances, Kim Boutin has a close lead of 42 points at the top of the women’s standings, with her heels being Choi (39) and Velzeboer (37). Hungarian Liu (68) has a sovereign lead among men, Dion and Desmet are in second place with 26 points.

Tomorrow, the World Championships in Montreal will end, where medals will be handed out in the men’s and women’s 1000m runs and relays. Sunday’s final of the men’s relay at 5000 m will be the last race for the legend CHarles Hamelinwho is about to retire after an incredibly successful 20-year international career.

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