Kim Boutin gets gold in the 500m in Montreal


(Montreal) Quebecker Kim Boutin won the gold medal in the 500 meters on Sunday at the World Short Track Speed ​​Skating Cup in Montreal.

Alexandre Geoffrion-McInnis
The Canadian Press

Boutin, 24, set a new track record in the distance at the Maurice-Richard arena with a time of 42.568 seconds. She was ahead of Italy's Martina Valcepina (42,659) and Poland's Natalia Maliszewska (42,779).

Boutin's teammate, Alyson Charles, finished at the foot of the podium in 42.996 seconds.

Last week, Boutin, a mainstay of the women's team, set a world record (41,936) in the 500m, en route to winning gold at the Salt Lake City World Cup.

After making a false start, the Sherbrookoise took the lead in the first few meters of the final. Despite Valcepina's come-back in the final laps of the race, Boutin was never really worried.

She remained perfect this season with four victories in as many individual events, a feat that the Quebecer savored by greeting the crowd during an emotional lap of honor.

The three-time Olympic medalist set the tone for her dream day by winning a bronze medal in Canada at the women's 3000m relay, behind China and Russia.

Boutin and her team-mates Danae Blais, Alyson Charles and Courtney Sarault earned a second bronze medal in as many weeks after winning the same record at the Salt Lake City World Cup.

On the other hand, Sarault made a name for herself by collecting the silver medal in the women's 1,000-meter final.

The New Brunswicker led the race up to two laps to go, when she was surprised by China's Han Yu Tong – the eventual champion – surging outside.

Canada has completed the weekend with a harvest of two gold, two silver and one bronze.

The next Short Track Speed ​​Skating World Cup will be held in Nagoya, Japan, starting November 29th.

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