Kim Boutin golden again at short track World Cup in Shanghai
Marianne St-Gelais wins silver, Canadian men take relay bronze despite crash
Canada's Kim Boutin tallied her second individual gold medal of the season at a short track speed skating World Cup event in Shanghai, China, on Sunday.
Boutin, of Sherbrooke, Que., took gold on Saturday in the women's 500-metre event, and followed that up with the top spot on the podium in the 1000 discipline.
Teammate Marianne St-Gelais took silver, skating to a time of one minute, 28.937 seconds, just 0.052 behind Boutin. The medal is also the second of the weekend for St-Gelais, of Saint-Félicien, Que., who picked up a bronze in the 1500 on Saturday.
Boutin has also won three individual silver medals as well as a silver and bronze in relay this season.
On the men's side, the Canadian 5000 relay team will come home with bronze, despite a crash with 28 laps to go and thanks to the efforts of members Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., Samuel Girard of Ferland-et-Boilleau, Que., Montreal's Pascal Dion and Charle Cournoyer of Boucherville, Que.
Canada finished the race behind the U.S. – who set a world record time of 6:29.052 – and Korean entries.
Canada eventually was awarded bronze after the Chinese team was penalized for its involvement in the crash.
"We were aiming for the gold medal but the fall was unfortunate," said Hamelin. "The pass was really good, we got taken down, we tried our best to come back but we had a little trouble."