Kim Boutin golden again with 500m win at World Cup Short Track in Dordrecht

Steven Dubois and Courtney Sarault win silver medals in 500m and 1500m, respectively

DORDRECHT, NETHERLANDS - Canada's Kim Boutin returned to the top of the World Cup podium on Saturday, posting the second fastest 500m time in history en route to a gold medal performance in Dordrecht.

The Sherbrooke native crossed the finish line in 42.464, ahead of Italy's Arianna Fontana (42.756) and Russia's Elena Seregina (42.792), to capture her second 500m medal of the season, having also won bronze last weekend in Debrecen. It was her first gold medal in the distance since winning five in-a-row during the last full World Cup campaign in 2019-2020.

In addition to the medal, the 26-year old showed that she's still the fastest women in short track by breaking the magical 42-second mark (41.939) in the quarterfinals, falling just three one-thousandth of a second shy of equaling the World Record of 41.936 seconds she set in Salt Lake City in 2019.

Courtney Sarault and Steven Dubois both earned silver medals on Saturday as well.

Sarault battled her way to the podium in an exciting 1500m final. The Canadian (2:22.043) jostled with Dutch skater Suzanne Schulting for much of the race, and despite getting blocked during multiple outside pass attempts, stretched passed Schulting (2:22.075) at the finish line to steal the silver medal. Korea's Lee Yubin snuck past both of them in the final lap to earn gold (2:21.931).

It was the 21-year old Sarault's third 1500m medal of the season, having previously captured silver in Beijing and bronze in Debrecen. She finishes the campaign ranked third overall (22,400) in the distance, behind Schulting (26,400) and Yubin (28,000).

Meanwhile, Steven Dubois earned his first World Cup medal of the season with a second-place finish in the men's 500m. The native of Lachenaie, Que., posted a time of 40.023 and was joined on the podium by Wu Dajing of China (39.878) and Konstantin Ivliev of Russia (41.728).

Canada ended the day by qualifying both the men's and women's relay teams for tomorrow's finals.

The World Cup in Dordrecht concludes on Sunday with the finals in the 1000m, as well as the men's, women's and mixed gender relays. The races will be live streamed on CBC Sports beginning at 7:20am ET.

Quotes

  • “I am really happy with my result today. I was three one-thousandths of a second off my world record, which was unexpected. I was surprised to skate 41.9 on this ice, especially since I didn't feel super sharp in my preliminary races on Thursday. This gold medal performance confirms to me that I still have speed and that I am very strong. In my opinion, I'm one of the most explosive skaters in the 500m and I'm really happy with where I am at.” – Kim Boutin

  • “I shed a tear or two; It was very satisfying! I was really close [to winning a medal] earlier this season in Japan and it made me want to get back into the finals. Things weren't so good last weekend, but all of my races today went very well, except for the 1500m final where I made a mistake. I would have liked to have won more medals this season for sure, but I'm really happy with the way I raced in the 500m. I knew I was capable of winning but having the result under my belt will give me a good boost for what is to come.” – Steven Dubois

  • “I knew there would be a lot of chaos in the back of the race, and I got stuck in that spot last weekend, so my goal today was to be in the top-2 going into the final laps. I worked on having a smart race and moving up at the right time and that put me into the perfect position. I slipped and lost some momentum in the fourth or fifth lap, but I decided to go for it at the end and it ended up working out. I think the gold medal was in my mind today, but it’s really hard to pass one of the top-10 girls to move into first. Hopefully one day it’ll come!” – Courtney Sarault

Results

Women's 1500m

  • Courtney Sarault 2nd in 1500m
  • Camille de Serres-Rainville 15th in 1500m
  • Danaé Blais 16th in 1500m

Women's 500m

  • Kim Boutin 1st in 500m
  • Florence Brunelle 8th in 500m
  • Alyson Charles 13th in 500m

Men's 1500m

  • Pascal Dion 21st in 1500m
  • Charles Hamelin 20th in 1500m
  • Steven Dubois 5th in 1500m

Men's 500m

  • Steven Dubois 2nd in 500m
  • Jordan Pierre-Gilles 15th in 500m
  • Maxime Laoun 26th in 500m