Photo: Ivo Paunov Associated Press
Kim Boutin (center) has held the second place for a good part of the final of the 1000 metres, before we see the South Korean Min Jeong Choi the exceed.
Thanks to a bronze medal in the 1000 meters and a sixth-place finish in the super-final of the 3000 metres, Quebec’s Kim Boutin finished in third place in the overall standings of the world Championships of speed skating on short track on Sunday in Bulgaria.
Boutin, who has amassed a total of 37 points for the cumulative ranking, has occupied the second place for a good part of the final of the 1000 metres. However, a slight wrong movement at the exit of the last turn has allowed the South Korean Min Jeong Choi to exceed the Sherbrooke at the finish line.
The Dutch Suzanne Schulting won the gold medal.
“I have given everything in the 1000 meters, said Boutin about her first medal of the day. I really tried to go for the win but unfortunately I lost my place. In the end, this is how I learn, by trying up to the line [of arrival]. “
Boutin was then crowned in the world Championships very successful in going to seek his fourth medal of the weekend, another of bronze, in the final of the women’s relay, in the company of the Montreal Alyson Charles and Camille De Serres-Rainville, and Courtney Sarault of Moncton in New Brunswick.
A near miss early in the final has left the Canadian in fourth place for a good part of the race, but they ended by finding themselves on the podium after Schulting had dropped in the last laps to put an end to hopes for a medal in the netherlands.
South Korea and Russia have won the gold and silver, respectively.
Boutin was already thinking of the next season and the opportunity to do better than third place in the general classification.
“I was aiming to be world champion, so it is a pity that I have not been successful. But I’m still happy because I found that I got beat by girls who are really super strong and at the same time, I feel close to reach their level. I still made a good comeback this season, and it is certain that I’m going to aim for another big season next year. “
The men away from the podium
On the men’s side, Samuel Girard, of Ferland-et-Boilleau, has led to the foot of the podium in the general standings, 29 points, earning the fourth place, behind the South Koreans Hyo Jun Lim (102 points) and Dae Heon Hwang (55 points) and Russian Semen Elistratov (44 points).
Steven Dubois has also finished among the top ten in the rollup. The athlete from Lachenaie is found in the super-final of the 3,000 m in her first world Championships and it has taken the ninth place in the overall standings.
The reigning world champion Charles Hamelin, of Sainte-Julie, has had to settle for 18th place in the overall standings. The other skaters canadian competing in the individual events, Sarault and Charles, were respectively ranked 23rd and 26th in the rollup.