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Kim Boutin sets short track world record in women's 500m in Utah

Canada’s Kim Boutin set a short track world record in the women’s 500-metre competition, and then went on to win gold in the season-opening event in Salt Lake City on Sunday.

24-year-old native of Sherbrooke, Que., sets new record time of 41.936 seconds

Canada's Kim Boutin set a new short track world record in the women's 500 metres in Salt Lake City, Utah on Sunday. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)

Canada's Kim Boutin set a short track world record in the women's 500-metre competition in the season-opening event in Salt Lake City on Sunday.

The 24-year-old native of Sherbrooke, Que., set a new mark of 41.936 seconds in the quarters, before going on to capture gold in the finals. 

A three-time Olympic medallist, Boutin broke the previous world record of 42.335 which was also set in Salt Lake City by Great Britain's Elise Christie in 2016.

Boutin continued her dominance into the finals, winning gold for the second straight night with a cool time of 42.336.

"I'm the first woman to skate the 500 in under 42 seconds and that makes me incredibly happy," said Boutin.

"After my start, I told myself things were going well, and then I heard the crowd cheering after the first lap and I said 'this is happening, let's go."'

WATCH | Boutin breaks the world record:

Canada's Kim Boutin set world record in the quarter-finals with a time of 41.936 seconds. 2:13

China's Chunyu Qu (42.452) took silver, while Lara van Ruijven (42.858) of the Netherlands won bronze.

WATCH | Boutin skates to gold:

After setting a world record in the quarter-finals, Canada's Kim Boutin claims gold in the final. 1:39

Boutin adds bronze in relay

In the women's 3,000 relay Boutin, along with teammates Alyson Charles, Claudia Gagnon and Danae Blais won bronze with a time of four minutes 09.009 seconds.

With three laps to go, the Canadians edged the Netherlands to secure their spot on the podium behind second place South Korea (4:08.979) and first place China (4:08.746).

It was a memorable competition for Boutin, who captured her first medal in Saturday's 1,500 final by rallying in the final lap to secure gold. 

Canadian men also grab relay bronze

Later in the evening, the Canadian men's team also nabbed bronze. Led by five-time Olympic medallist Charles Hamelin the team of Maxime Laoun, Pascal Dion and Steven Dubois finished third in the 5,000 relay in 6:43.883.

The Russians (6:43.662) took gold, just ahead of South Korea (6:43.743).

With files from The Canadian Press

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