Kim Boutin Wins Canada’s First Medal of the Short Track Season with Gold in Salt Lake City

Charles Hamelin finishes 4th in 1500m; Mixed Gender Relay team races to 5th place result

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Kim Boutin kicked off the World Cup season with a golden performance in the 1500m in Salt Lake City, earning the Canadian short track team its first medal of the 2019-2020 international campaign.

The native of Sherbrooke, Que. made an outside pass on the second last lap of the finals to overtake a pair of skaters and cross the line in first place (2:22.061). She was joined on the podium by defending world champion Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands (2:22.211) and Han Yutong of China (2:22.282).

On the men’s side, 35 year old Charles Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, Que.) narrowly missed out on a podium finish in the 1500m, coming in fourth place. Despite not winning a medal, the result showed that the veteran skater has returned to form following a summer of recovery and rehabilitation from an ankle injury that kept him out of this fall’s Canadian Short Track Championships.             

Meanwhile, Canada’s mixed gender relay team – consisting of World Cup rookies in William Dandjinou (Verdun, Que.) and Rikki Doak (Fredericton, N.B.), along with second year skaters Sarault and Cédrik Blais (Châteauguay, Que.) – raced to a fifth place result, behind medalists Russia, China and Korea.

The action in Salt Lake City wrap up Sunday with the 500m-2 and 1000m finals, along with medal races for the men’s and women’s relay. The competition will be live streamed on CBC Sports beginning at 5:00PM ET, while repechage races can be viewed on the ISU YouTube channel beginning at 12:00PM ET.

Quotes

"It was a super nice finals. With three laps to go I was in third place, but it was a good challenge for me to make a pass. I was forced to go on the outside and it was very exciting. Typically it's the opposite that happens; I'm in the lead and I get passed at the finish line. I'm very satisfied." - Kim Boutin

“Today, things went super well for me. From race to race, I began feeling better. I wasn’t 100% happy with my strategies and how I executed them in my races, but at the end of the day I am very satisfied with my result. It was very positive for me and I’m hopeful for good results tomorrow as well.” - Charles Hamelin

Additional Results

  • Courtney Sarault (Moncton, N.B.): 8th in 1500m
  • Cédrik Blais (Châteauguay, Que.): 13th in 500m-1
  • Claudia Gagnon (Saguenay, Que.): 14th in 500m-1
  • Steven Dubois (Lachenaie, Que.): 16th in 1500m
  • Maxime Laoun (Montreal, Que.): 18th in 500m-1
  • Rikki Doak (Fredericton, N.B.): 22nd in 500m-1
  • Danaé Blais (Châteauguay, Que.): 25th in 1500m
  • Alyson Charles (Montreal, Que.): 27th in 500m-1
  • William Dandjinou (Verdun, Que.): 28th in 500m-1
  • Pascal Dion (Montreal, Que.): 30th in 1500ms

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