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Canada’s Steven Dubois, Pascal Dion win short track gold at World Cup in Montreal

Canadian speed skaters Steven Dubois and Pascal Dion captured gold on home ice on Sunday at the season-opening short track World Cup stop in Montreal.

Dubois acquired the men’s 500-metre event for his second medal of the weekend, and Dion followed it up by topping the podium in the men’s 1,000m in an exciting finish.

Dubois, a 25-year-old from Terrebonne, Que., crossed the line in 40.345 seconds in front of the roaring crowd at the Aréna Maurice-Richard. South Korea’s Lee June-Seo won the silver medal in 40.434, while Italy’s Pietro Sighel claimed bronze (40.719).

Fellow Canadians Jordan Pierre-Gilles (40.920) and Mathieu Pelletier (41.785) concluded fourth and fifth, respectively.

Montreal’s Dion won the 1,000 with a time of 1:23.530, finishing just 0.068 seconds ahead of South Korea’s Hong Kyung Hwan (1:23.598).

Fellow Korean Kim Tae-Sung finished third in 1:24.561, while Canada’s Maxime Laoun did not finish after being penalized.

Dubois won silver in the men’s 1,500 metres on Saturday after also holding off Hong Kyung Hwan in a thrilling photo finish.

Dubois won three medals in his Olympic debut last February in Beijing, including bronze in the 500.

He won the men’s national title for the third consecutive year at the Canadian Short Track Championships earlier this month in Quebec City.

Canada continued its impressive medal haul with a pair of relay medals to close out the competition.

Kim Boutin, Danaé Blais, Rikki Doak and Renee Steenge skated to silver in the women’s 3,000m relay, which was followed by a bronze-medal performance in the men’s 5,000m relay from Dubois, Dion, Laoun and Pierre-Gilles.

The Canadian women finished second in 4:09.493, just behind the reigning Olympic champion Dutch team of Selma Poutsma, Suzanne Schulting, and Michelle and Xandra Velzeboer (4:09.217). The bronze medal went to Italy’s Elisa Confortola, Gloria Ioriatti, Arianna Sighel and Arianna Valcepina (4:09.623).

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