Canada adds three medals, including gold in the men's relay, to conclude the ISU World Cup Short Track stage in Hungary

Kim Boutin earns her second individual silver medal of the weekend and silver in the women's relay
 
Budapest, Hungary, October 1st, 2017 – The Canadian men's relay team came through with an incredible comeback to win its first gold medal since November 2015, while Kim Boutin earned two more silver medals, one in the 1000m and another in the women's relay, Sunday, on the last day of the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating stage held in Budapest, Hungary.
 
Canada therefore concluded the first World Cup stage of the 2017-2018 season with a total of four medals, i.e. one gold and three silver. On Saturday, Kim Boutin collected silver in the 1500m.
 
On Sunday, the men's relay lost pace with 25 laps to go after Pascal Dion's skate came into contact with the skate of a South Korean athlete, pushing Canada back to third place, way behind the head of the pack. But Charles Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, QC), Samuel Girard (Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC), Charle Cournoyer (Boucherville, QC) and Pascal Dion (Montréal, QC) went to work and came back to take first spot with six laps to go. Canada ended up beating China at the finish line by only five thousandths of a second. Japon collected bronze.
 
This is Canada's first medal in the men's relay since the silver medal it earned at last season's fourth ISU World Cup stage in South Korea, and its first gold medal since November 8, 2015 in Toronto.
 
“We really worked towards doing an effective relay race,” said Charle Cournoyer. “We maintained pretty much the same pace throughout and we took advantage of the fact that the teams ahead were out of gas. It was a very good performance. It's great to see that the work we put in over the last few years is paying off.”

“We will be even more ready for the upcoming World Cups and for the Olympic Games,” pointed out Cournoyer who, in the men's 1000m, saw the bronze medal get away from him when he fell coming out of the last turn before the finish line, while he was in third place.
 
“Unfortunately, I fell during the last lap but overall, it was a good race, it was the type of race I'd like to come up with at the Olympic Games. I can't wait to race again next week,” added Cournoyer.
 
In the women's relay, the silver-winning Canadian team was comprised of Marianne St-Gelais (Saint-Félicien, QC), Valérie Maltais (Saguenay, QC), Jamie Macdonald (Fort St. James, B.C.) and Kasandra Bradette (Saint-Félicien, QC). South Korea won gold and Russia came up with bronze.
 
“We all worked well together,” said Marianne St-Gelais. “We had a plan that was similar to (Saturday's), in that we wanted to skate out front, manage the race as well as possible and try to counter South Korea's attack. We still have some work to do on that front, but we managed the first part of the relay quite well. I found that we ended up battling a little too much with the Russians, but it wasn't a bad race. It bodes well for future races.”
 
François Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, QC) and Kim Boutin (Sherbrooke, QC) also skated with the Canadian relay in earlier rounds.
 
Kim Boutin wins second individual silver medal
Kim Boutin was the top Canadian in individual events, Sunday, as she earned silver in the women's 1000m. This was the Sherbrooke athlete's second individual medal of the weekend, after she collected silver in Saturday's 1500m.
 
“I'm quite proud of today's race,” said Kim Boutin, who left Budapest with a tally of three silver medals, including the one in relay. “My goal was to go with what I'm used to be doing, which means skating out towards the front and always be ready and aware of what's going on around me, and also to have a plan and stick with it throughout the weekend. It paid off big. I had strong legs until the end. That was another final that gave me a big boost of confidence!”

Choi Min Jeong from South Korea and Elise Christie from Great Britain respectively won the gold and bronze medals.
 
Valérie Maltais, for her part, won the women's 1000m B final.
 
The Canadian team will now travel to Dordrecht, in the Netherlands, where the second ISU World Cup stage of the season will take place from Thursday, October 5, to Sunday, October 8.
 
More details are available on Speed Skating Canada's website at www.speedskating.ca.

TODAY’S CANADIAN RESULTS

1000m W
Kim Boutin: silver medal (final ranking: 2)
Valérie Maltais: 1st in the B Final (final ranking: 5)
Kasandra Bradette: eliminated in the heats (final ranking: 21)

1000m M
Charle Cournoyer: 4th in the A Final (final ranking: 4)
Charles Hamelin: 5th in the semifinals and eliminated (final ranking: 9)
Samuel Girard: 5th in quarterfinals and eliminated (final ranking: 19)

Relay W
Canada: silver medal (final ranking: 2)
(Kasandra Bradette, Jamie Macdonald, Valérie Maltais, Marianne St-Gelais, Kim Boutin)

Relay M
Canada: gold medal (final ranking: 1)
(Charle Cournoyer, Pascal Dion, Samuel Girard, Charles Hamelin, François Hamelin)

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