Canadian short trackers earn two gold and two bronze at Utah Olympic Oval
SALT LAKE CITY, USA – Steven Dubois, Courtney Sarault and Pascal Dion won medals for Canada on the second day of the ISU Four Continents Short Track Championships in Salt Lake City.
Dubois (Lachenaie, Que.) earned a pair of medals on Friday night, bringing home gold in the 500m and bronze in the 1500m.
The 25-year old sprinted to a first-place finish in the 500m, crossing the line 40.316. He was joined on the podium by American Andrew Heo (40.687) and teammate Pascal Dion (41.482), who was elevated into bronze medal position after fellow Canadian Maxime Laoun was penalized in the final.
Dubois also reached the podium in the men’s 1500m, moving from fifth position to third position in the final two laps, placing him behind Koreans Ji Won Park (2:16.409) and Kyung Hwan Hong (2:16.471).
Earlier in the day, Sarault claimed gold in the women’s 1500m with a time of 2:25.614, coming out on top in a stacked final that also included teammates Claudia Gagnon and Ann-Sophie Bachand.
The Moncton native moved into the lead with five laps remaining and skated defensively to fend off fellow medal winners Kristen Santos-Griswold from the United States (2:25.708) and Minjeong Choi of Korea (2:25.737). Canadians Gagnon (2:26.223) and Bachand (2:28.044) finished fourth and seventh, respectively.
The ISU Four Continents Short Track Championships come to an end tomorrow, where medals will be awarded in the 1000m, as well as both the women’s 3000m and men’s 5000m relays. The races will be live streamed by CBC Sports and Radio-Canada Sports.
- Courtney Sarault: 1st in 1500m
- Claudia Gagnon: 4th in 1500m
- Ann-Sophie Bachand: 7th in 1500m, 18th in 500m
- Léa Tessier: 13th in 500m
- Renee Steenge: 7th in 500m
- Steven Dubois: 3rd in 1500m, 1st in 500m
- Philippe Daudelin: 11th in 1500m
- Pascal Dion: 14th in 1500m, 3rd in 500m
- Maxime Laoun: 5th in 500m