Boutin and Girard are vice-world champions on 1500 m in short track

Boutin et Girard sont vice-champions du monde sur 1500 m en courte piste

Photo: Ivo Paunov Associated Press
Quebec’s Kim Boutin (red) has been overtaken by South Korean Choi Min-jeong.

Quebecers Kim Boutin and Samuel Girard were sacred vice-champion of the world on 1500m, Saturday, to the world Championships of short track speed skating of Sofia, Bulgaria.

The South Korean Choi Min-jeong has defended his title gained at the World championships in Montreal in 2018 with success, after having crossed the distance in two minutes and 29,741 seconds. She was ahead of Boutin, triple medalist of the olympic Games to Pyeongchang in 2018, by just 62 thousandths of a second. The podium was completed by the Russian Sofia Prosvirnova.

Courtney Lee Sarault of Moncton, New Brunswick, and Alyson Charles, of Montreal, took the 11th and 39th rows.

On the male side, the South Korean Lim Hyo-jun, the olympic champion in title in the 1500 m, has taken the title of world champion on the distance to Charles Hamelin, after dominating the final in 2:31,632. Girard, double olympic medalist, he has conceded just 53 thousandths of a second.

Steven Dubois, of Lachenaie, has led to the foot of the podium, behind the South Korean Lee June-seo. As for Hamelin, he has settled for the 14th level on this distance.

At the end of the day, Boutin, and Charles Sarault were respectively finished ninth, 14th and 19th in the 500-m women. Things have been slightly better for Girard, which led to the sixth in the men’s 500 metres.

The World of Sofia will continue Sunday.