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Kim Boutin wins shourt track bronze, helps Canada to relay gold

The Canadian women’s short track relay team captured the elusive gold medal they’ve been working toward for several years during on the final day of ISU World Cup action in Shanghai.

Steven Dubois and Kim Boutin both earned bronze medals as well, reaching the podium in the 500m and 1000m, respectively. Alyson Charles (Montreal, Que.), Courtney Sarault (Moncton, N.B.), Danaé Blais (Châteauguay, Que.) and Kim Boutin (Sherbrooke, Que.) helped Canada capture gold in the women’s relay for the first time since the 2014-2015 season.

It was the fourth medal of the season for the team, who conquered three consecutive bronze before this weekend.

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Canada (4:09.460) was in the lead for much of the race, jockeying for position with eventual silver medalists the Netherlands (4:09.810) for only a few laps prior to the last exchange. The United States (4:13.280) were upgraded from fourth to bronze after Korea was disqualified.

After narrowly missing out on the podium with a fourth-place finish in yesterday’s 1500m, Dubois (Lachenaie, Que) redeemed himself with a bronze medal performance in the 500m-2.

The 22 year old relinquished the lead during the third lap but was pushed back into a podium position after the skater from Kazakhstan fell coming out of the final turn.

It was the first career medal in the distance for the Canadian record holder, whose time of 41.289 placed him behind Hungary’s Shaolin Sandor Liu (40.722) and Korea’s June Seo Lee (40.904). On the women’s side, Boutin won her first bronze medal of the season in the 1000m, completing the race in 1:29.218, behind Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands (1:29.089) and Whi Min Seo of Korea (1:29.114).

The Sherbrook native has earned a medal in all eight of her individual distance this season –six gold, one silver and one bronze – and is currently ranked first in the 500m, fourth in the 1000m and fifth in the 1500m.

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