Kim Boutin avenged a narrow loss to speed skating opponent Arianna Fontana a week ago, capturing the women’s 500-metre short track race on Saturday for her first gold medal of the season at the fourth and final World Cup stop in Dordrecht, Netherlands.
The 26-year-old from Sherbrooke, Que., crossed the finish line in 42.464 seconds to defeat Fontana of Italy (42.756) and Russia’s Elena Seregina (42.792).
That’s the Kim we know and love 🔥<br><br>Kim Boutin has her first gold medal of the season, taking first in the 500m at the Dordrecht World Cup 🥇<a href=”https://t.co/RK7HjH8PFm”>pic.twitter.com/RK7HjH8PFm</a>
Last week, Boutin was third behind second-place Fontana in a race won by Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands in Debrecen, Hungary.
She also teamed with Alyson Charles, Florence Brunelle and Courtney Sarault to place second in the women’s 3,000 relay.
On Saturday, the 21-year-old Sarault made sure her second-place finish in individual action would count, picking up a silver medal in the women’s 1,500.
A week ago, the Moncton, N.B., native was second to the finish in the women’s 1,000 but following video review was penalized and knocked out of medal contention for making contact during a pass.
She clocked a time of two minutes 22.043 seconds on Saturday, trailing only Lee Yu-bin of South Korea (2:21.931). Dutch skater Schulting gave the crowd something to cheer about with her third-place finish in 2:22.075.
On the men’s side, Steven Dubois of Lachenaie, Que., was fifth in the men’s 1,500.
This weekend’s event is the last chance for Canadian skaters to secure Olympic entries for their country and build their personal case for being selected to compete in Beijing in February.
WATCH | Sarault takes bronze last week in Debrecen, Hungary:
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