Canada’s Steven Dubois, Pascal Dion win short track gold at World Cup in Montreal
Canadian speed skaters Steven Dubois and Pascal Dion captured gold on home ice on Sunday at the season-opening short track World Cup stop in Montreal.
Dubois won the men’s 500-metre event for his second medal of the weekend, and Dion followed it up by topping the podium in the men’s 1,000m in an exciting finish.
Dubois, a 25-year-old from Terrebonne, Que., crossed the line in 40.345 seconds in front of the roaring crowd at the Aréna Maurice-Richard. South Korea’s Lee June-Seo won the silver medal in 40.434, while Italy’s Pietro Sighel claimed bronze (40.719).
Fellow Canadians Jordan Pierre-Gilles (40.920) and Mathieu Pelletier (41.785) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Montreal’s Dion won the 1,000 with a time of 1:23.530, finishing just 0.068 seconds ahead of South Korea’s Hong Kyung Hwan (1:23.598).
Fellow Korean Kim Tae-Sung finished third in 1:24.561, while Canada’s Maxime Laoun did not finish after being penalized.
Dubois won silver in the men’s 1,500 metres on Saturday after also holding off Hong Kyung Hwan in a thrilling photo finish.
Canada continued its impressive medal haul with a pair of relay medals to close out the competition.
Kim Boutin, Danaé Blais, Rikki Doak and Renee Steenge skated to silver in the women’s 3,000m relay, which was followed by a bronze-medal performance in the men’s 5,000m relay from Dubois, Dion, Laoun and Pierre-Gilles.
The Canadian women finished second in 4:09.493, just behind the reigning Olympic champion Dutch team of Selma Poutsma, Suzanne Schulting, and Michelle and Xandra Velzeboer (4:09.217).
The bronze medal went to Italy’s Elisa Confortola, Gloria Ioriatti, Arianna Sighel and Arianna Valcepina (4:09.623).
Dubois picked up his third medal when Canada was awarded bronze in the men’s 5,000m relay after Italy was penalized for an illegal late pass and bumped off the podium.
The Canadians finished in 7:12.997, while South Korea’s Hong Kyung Hwan, Lee June-Seo, Yong Jin Lim and Park Ji Won captured gold (7:01.850).
Kazakhstan took home silver, with Abzal Azhgaliyev, Adil Galiakhmetov, Nurtilek Kazhgali and Denis Nikisha finishing ahead of the Italians and Canadians in 7:07.972
The next World Cup short track speed skating stop is in Salt Lake City on Nov. 4, followed by Almaty, Kazakhstan (Dec. 9-11, Dec. 16-18).