Kim Boutin records first senior win at Speed Skating Canada’s Short Track Fall World Cups Selections

Charles Hamelin, Marianne St-Gelais, Valérie Maltais and Samuel Girard earn spots at first four World Cups
Calgary, September 21, 2014 - Kim Boutin won her first senior race Sunday while Charles Hamelin swept the men’s events on the final day of Speed Skating Canada’s Fall Short Track World Cup Selections in Calgary.

Boutin and St-Gelais split Sunday’s women’s races with Boutin of Sherbrooke, Que., taking the 1,000 and St-Gelais of Saint-Félicien, Que. winning the 500.

Based on performances in Calgary, Marianne St-Gelais, Charles Hamelin, Samuel Girard and Valérie Maltais have qualified for the first four of six World Cups this season as they were the top two ranked athletes based on best two distances at the Fall World Cups Selections. Speed Skating Canada will send a 12-member team to those competitions.

The eight remaining athletes — four men and four women — will be chosen at the discretion of Speed Skating Canada’s Short Track High Performance in consultation with the National Team coaches. They will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

“I didn’t realized I was in a position to win this race until I saw Valérie (Maltais) fall,” Boutin said.

“My objective here was to get experience and to be in the top six.”

Boutin also led her team to a win in the women’s relay event.

Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que, won Sunday’s men’s 500 and 1,000 races.

St-Gelais won four of the six women’s races in Calgary.

“My objective was top two finish and I’m satisfied,” she said. “It was a good competition. I was able to work some strategy and tactics.”

Charles Hamelin captured five of the six men’s races and was the anchor on the men’s relay winner.

“This weekend I saw that I was in really good physical condition and that proved I had a good summer of training,” Hamelin said. “If I compare this to the past years I’m even faster at this time of the season. My performance reached my expectation.”

“This weekend also saw a lot of young skaters reach the final and if I would have made a mistake they would have beat me. That proves the short track men’s program is in good health”, he said, mentioning Samuel Girard who also earns a spot for the first four World Cups of the season. He finished second in four of the races.

“Coming here I had no expectation. I was looking for top four but at the same time I didn’t want to put pressure on myself. This weekend I surprised myself on how I reacted during races and I’m happy with my fitness,” said Girard from Ferland-Boileau, Que.

Girard was second in the 500 Sunday followed by Samuel Bélanger-Marceau of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Que.

Gelais was followed in the 500 by Kasandra Bradette of Saint-Félicien, Que., in second and Maltais of Saguenay – La Baie, Que., in third. Bradette took the bronze behind Boutin and St-Gelais in the 1,000. Maltais fell in that final.

The first four World Cups are scheduled for Salt Lake City (Nov. 7-9), Montreal (Nov. 14-16), Shanghai, China (Dec. 12-14) and Seoul, Korea (Dec. 19-21).

Here are today's results:
500m Men
1. Charles Hamelin, 0:40.545 (Sainte-Julie, QC)
2. Samuel Girard, 0:40.921 (Ferland-Boileau, QC)
3. Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, 0:46.629 (Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC)

500m Women
1. Marianne St-Gelais, 0:43.500 (Saint-Félicien, QC)
2. Kassandra Bradette, 0:43.582 (Saint-Félicien, QC)
3. Valérie Maltais, 0:43.682 (Saguenay, QC – La Baie)

1000m Men
1. Charles Hamelin, 2:11.807 (Sainte-Julie, QC)
2. Samuel Girard, 2:11.934 (Ferland-Boileau, QC)
3. Guillaume Bastille, 2:12.347 (Rivière-du-Loup, QC)

1000m Women
1. Kim Boutin, 1:32.528 (Sherbrooke, QC)
2. Marianne St-Gelais, 1:33.529 (Saint-Félicien, QC)
3. Kassandra Bradette, 1:34.945 (Saint-Félicien, QC)

Relay Men
1. Charles Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, QC), Sasha Alexander Fathoullin (Calgary, Alb.), Yoan Gauthier (Rivière-du-Loup, QC), Sébastien Gagnon (Sainte-Anne-Des-Plaines, QC): 6:47.484
2. Samuel Girard (Ferland-Boileau, QC), Guillaume Bastille (Rivière-du-Loup, QC), William Preudhomme (Toronto, ON), Cédrik Blais (Châteauguay, QC): 6:47.636
3. François Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, QC), Patrick Duffy (Oakville, ON), Benoît Larivière-Lord (Montréal - Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles, QC), Pascal Dion (Montréal - Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles, QC): 6:48.595

Relay Women
1. Kassandra Bradette (Saint-Félicien, QC), Kim Boutin (Sherbrooke, QC), Joanie Gervais (Saguenay - Jonquière, QC), Michelle MacKay (Pitt Meadows, B.C.): 4:16.368
2. Marianne St-Gelais (Saint-Félicien, QC), Audrey Phaneuf (Boucherville, QC), Keri Morrison (Burlington, ON), Léa Thibault (Laval, QC): 4:16.474
3. Valérie Maltais (Saguenay, QC – La Baie), Courtney Shmyr (Langley, B.C.), Genève Bélanger (Montréal - Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, QC), Caroline Truchon (Saint-Félicien, QC): 4:16.603

Full results and final ranking:

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