ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN –
The relay team’s victory anchored a five-medal show for Canadian short track speedkaters on Sunday at the ISU World Cup.
Jordan Pierre-Gilles of Sherbrooke, Que., threw a deep pass to the South Korean skater at the final corner to help secure the men’s team win.
Pierre-Gilles, Steven Dubois of Terrebonne, Que., Maxime Laoun of Montreal and Felix Roussel of Sherbrooke, Que., finished first in six minutes 56.201 seconds. South Korea came in second with a time of 6:56.453 and Japan took bronze with a time of 6:57.289.
The women’s team of Courtney Sarault of Moncton, Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, Que., Claudia Gagnon of La Baie, Que., and Rikki Doak of Fredericton led their 27-lap race from start to finish.
A collision between skaters from South Korea and the Netherlands on the last lap allowed Sarault to slide to the finish line unchallenged. After video review, Canada won with a time of 4:10.479, ahead of the Netherlands (4:16.038) and South Korea (4:22.605).
Boutin also secured the individual win by finishing first in the women’s 500 meters. Sarault won silver in the women’s 1,500 and Dion won bronze in the men’s 1,500.
The Canadian short track team has won 20 medals so far this season. Almaty will host another ISU World Cup next weekend.
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