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Kim Boutin charges to silver at short track World Cup

Canadian Kim Boutin earned a silver medal at the short track speed skating World Cup event in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Saturday.

Canadian reaches podium in season debut in Kazakhstan

Kim Boutin, seen above in this file photo, earned a silver medal in the women's 1000-metre race at the short track speed skating World Cup stop in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Saturday. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)
Kim Boutin had a successful season debut at the short track speed skating World Cup event in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Saturday.
The Sherbrooke, Que., native finished second in the women's 1,000-metre race with a time of one minute, 28.974 seconds. Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands posted the fastest time at 1:28.887, while Ah Rum Noh of Korea clocked in at 1:29.128 for bronze at the third World Cup event of the season.

"I am very happy with my performance today," said Boutin. "My goal was not necessarily to perform at the highest level or get results, but instead to return to the basics and have fun. I feel that I definitely attained that objective.

"I had some good races, but there is still a lot that I can improve on."

WATCH | Kim Boutin grabs silver in World Cup season debut: 

The Sherbrooke, Que., native finished second in the women's 1000m race to capture the silver medal in her season debut at the ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan 2:52

Boutin, 23, won three medals in her Olympic debut in Pyeongchang in February and was named Canada's flag-bearer for the closing ceremony. 

On the men's side, Steven Dubois, of Lachenaie, Que., earned Canada's top result, finishing fourth in the 1,500 A final behind a Korean podium sweep. Olympic gold medallist Sam Girard placed sixth in the same race.

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Watch coverage of the the ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup from Almaty, Kazakhstan 4:14:46

Montreal's Pascal Dion finished first in the 1,000 B final and Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., was second in the 1,500 B final.

Boutin followed up her medal-winning performance by participating in the semifinals of the mixed gender and women's relay races, helping both teams advance to Sunday's finals. The men's relay team followed suit, finishing first in their semifinal to secure a spot in the finals and keep their podium hopes alive.

Live action from the short track World Cup event in Almaty, Kazakhstan resumes on Sunday at 3 a.m. ET on CBCSports.ca. 

With files from The Canadian Press

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