Canadians close out short track world championships with 3 more bronze medals
Courtney Sarault, Steven Dubois will leave Seoul with 2 medals apiece
Canadians collected three more medals at the short track speed skating world championships in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday.
Courtney Sarault, of Moncton, N.B., scored a bronze medal in the women's 1,000-metre final – after favourite Suzanne Schulting was disqualified.
Fellow Dutch skater Xandra Velzeboer claimed the world title in the distance in one minute 29.361 seconds, while Choi Min-jeong of South Korea collected silver in 1:29.679. Sarault finished the race in 1:29.794.
"I raced a good race and was in the position that I wanted to be in, but I'm not connecting well with the ice here," Sarault said in a release. "I'm putting a lot of pressure and it was chipping a bit, so I just didn't have the legs at the end."
WATCH | Sarault skates to bronze in Seoul:
Sarault also helped fellow Canadian skaters Kim Boutin, Claudia Gagnon and Renee Marie Steenge capture women's relay bronze. Canada finished in 4:09.372, behind the Dutch world champions (4:09.056), and silver medallists South Korea (4:09.151).
"I think we all agree that we can do better, so for us it is kind of a disappointment," Boutin said. "We had a great season and I feel we can be proud of what we accomplished. Today was not our day, but we feel it is coming."
WATCH | Canadian women claim relay bronze:
Dubois, of Terrebonne, Que., added his second individual medal of the weekend by winning bronze in the men's 1,000. He had taken silver in Saturday's men's 500-metre event.
"I thought the race was going to go a lot faster, so I waited in the back," Dubois said. "I had my chance to move up, and I didn't take it, so I knew I would have to wait until the last two laps. After that, it was just a matter of deciding how I wanted to move to the front.
WATCH | Dubois adds 2nd medal at worlds:
"I ended up stretching out at the last minute for the third position and I'm pretty happy about it. I'm happy about my day today. The 1000m is kind of my dark beast. I'm never sure where I'm going to finish, so I'm super happy I did well."
In the men's 5,000m relay, the Canadians finished off the podium with a fourth-place result.
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