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Boutin's gold tops Canada's medal haul to end short track World Cup season

Canada, led by ​Kim Boutin's gold medal in the women's 1,000 metres, ended the final short track World Cup event of the season in top form with four medals on Sunday in Turin, Italy.

Alyson Charles, Dubois add 1,000m bronze Sunday while mixed relay team wins silver

Kim Boutin led a Canadian contingent of short-track speed skaters on Sunday, winning a gold medal in the women's 1,000 metres at a World Cup event in Turin, Italy. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press/File)

​Kim Boutin and her Canadian teammates ended the final short track World Cup event of the season in top form on Sunday in Turin, Italy.

The 24-year-old from Sherbrooke, Que., won the women's 1,000 metres in one minute 32.508 seconds to defeat Korea's Jeong Choi Min (1:32.814) and teammate Alyson Charles of Montreal (1:32.891).

WATCH | Kim Boutin earn gold medal in women's 1,000m:

The 24-year-old from Sherbrooke, Que. finished atop the field with a time of 1:32.508, and fellow Canadian Alyson Charles skated across in 3rd at the ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup event in Turin, Italy. 3:19

"I skated a good race and am starting to have a lot of different strategies in my tool box," Boutin told Speed Skating Canada. "Reaching the podium with another Canadian is also extra fun. Alyson skated well this weekend so I am pleased to be bringing home a medal with her."

Said Charles: "I train with Kim so it was very special to skate with her in the final. We each had our own plan and we applied them our way during the race. I'm very happy to have had the chance to stand on a double Canadian podium."

Also reaching the podium for Canada was Steven Dubois with a bronze medal in the men's 1,000 and the mixed relay team of Courtney Sarault, Boutin, Charles Hamelin and Sam Girard, who covered 2,000 metres in 2:40.614.

Canada will leave Italy with 24 medals from World Cup action this season as eight different athletes and all three relay teams have reached the podium since November.

On Saturday, Boutin captured speed skating bronze in the women's 500 A final, clocking 44.184 seconds after being called back to the line three times to restart the race at Tazzoli Ice Rink.

Last weekend, she won silver in the women's 1,500 in Dresden, Germany.

Dubois stopped the clock in 1;27.583 in the men's 1,000, trailing the Korean tandem of Dae Heon Hwang (1.27.257) and Ji Won Park (1:27.494).

WATCH | Steven Dubois reach the podium in his short-track season finale:

The 21-year-old from Lachenaie, Que. skated another bronze medal, this time in the men's 1,000-metre event at the ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup event in Turin, Italy. 2:50

The native of Lachenaie, Que., was fresh off a bronze performance in the 1,500 A final on Saturday.

Dubois also recorded a fourth-place showing in the 1,500 A final on Feb. 2 in Dresden.

Cédrik Blais of Châteauguay, Que., was third in Sunday's 1,000 B final after winning bronze in the 500 A final the previous day.

Other Canadian results:

  • Pascal Dion, Montreal: Fifth in men's 500 semifinals (2).
  • Courtney Sarault, Moncton: Penalized for arm block in women's 500 (2) quarter-finals.
  • Charle Cournoyer, Boucherville, Que.: Fifth in men's 1,000 quarter-finals.
  • Claudia Gagnon (Saguenay, Que.) and Kasandra Bradette (St. Felicien, Que.): Second and third in women's 500 repechage semifinals (2).

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