Sarault wins silver medal in 1000m at World Cup in Dresden

Boutin doesn't reach podium in 1500m event, string of medal results ends at eight 

DRESDEN, GERMANY – Courtney Sarault won a silver medal in the women's 1000m event at the ISU Short Track World Cup in Dresden, Saturday, while Kim Boutin's string of podium results ended.

Sarault (Moncton, N.B.) won silver with a time of 1:55.143, finishing behind South Korea's Kim Ji Yoo (1:54.955) and ahead of World Cup overall standings leader Suzanne Schulting (1:55.167). Sarault was third heading into the last straight but extendedher skate forward at the finish line to take away second place from the Dutch skater, and therefore win her fourth medal on the World Cup circuit this season, and sixth in international competition.

The women's 1000m A final had to be restarted after two skaters at the end of the pack, South Korea's Lee Yu Bin and Russia's Sofia Prosvirnova, fell and hit the wall mid-race. They were bothpenalized and the race was restarted with the three remaining finalists, including Sarault.

Sarault was Canada's only medalist of the day as Boutin (Sherbrooke, Que.) was penalized in women's 1500m(1) A final for obstructing an opponent, marking the first time this World Cup season she did not end up on the podium. Boutin won a medal in each of her eight individual events over the first four World Cup stages. Her last competition before Dresden dated back to the Shanghai World Cup in early December, as she skipped the ISU Four Continents Short Track Championships in January in order to rest her injured knee.

In other results of note, Danaé Blais (Châteauguay, Que.) won the women's 1500m(1) B final. On the men's side, Charles Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, Que.) and Pascal Dion (Montréal, Que.) both came in second in their B finals, respectively in the men's 1000m and 1500m(1).

The women's squad was Canada's only relay team to reach the finals, finishing third in its semifinal to qualify for the B final. 

The World Cup in Dresden concludes on Sunday, where medals will be handed out for the 500m and 1500m(2) events, as well as for the men’s and women’s relays. CBC Sports will have live streaming coverage of Sunday’s races beginning at 7:10AM EST.

QUOTES

“Going into the final, I didn't feel amazing, but I was trying to stay positive, and hoping to come out of it with a podium. We actually had to restart the race, so that was kind of tiring, but we ended up doing the race with just three people so no matter what, I knew the goal to get on the podium was achieved! Racing with only three skaters was something different for me, and it was a really fast pace. I want to keep working practice so when the speed does get that high for that long, I can have a better feel and a better result. Today, (towards the end)I was thinking I would get bronze, but it's short track, things can happen when skaters are fighting for the gold, and I kept with it and I finally (caught up with Schulting and) did a finish that was good and I got the silver, so I'm really happy with that.”– Courtney Sarault

“I'm a little disappointed with my race, I did some things that I usually don't do. For instance, when on the outside pass (which led to the penalty), I came back in front of the Chinese skater a little too quickly, instead of making a broader turn to avoid forcing her to slow down. If I had overtaken correctly, if I had attempted it at the right time, it would have been an interesting race. And after that, I also made some poor decisions. But these things happen and I'll make up for it next time!” – Kim Boutin

RESULTS

  • Kim Boutin (Sherbrooke, Que.) : 7th in 1500m(1) 
  • Courtney Sarault (Moncton, N.B.) : 2nd in 1000m
  • Alyson Charles (Montreal, Que.) : 12th in 1000m
  • Danaé Blais (Châteauguay, Que.) : 8th in 1500m(1)
  • Claudia Gagnon (La Baie, Que.) : 25th in 1500m(1)
  • Rikki Doak (Fredericton, N.B.) : 17th in 1000m
  •  Steven Dubois (Lachenaie, Que.) : 22nd in 1000m
  • Charles Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, Que.) : 7th in 1000m
  • Pascal Dion (Montréal, Que.) : 9th in 1500m(1) 
  • Jordan Pierre-Gilles (Sherbrooke, Que.) : 21st in 1000m
  • Cédrik Blais (Châteauguay, Que.) : 17th in 1500m(1)
  • Alphonse Ouimette (Spencerville, Ont.) : Not Ranked in 1500m(1) - PEN

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