Boutin wins second bronze medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Kim Boutin (Dave Holland, Canadian Olympic Committee, with permission)

Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, Quebec has won her second bronze medal in short track speed skating at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. On Saturday, Boutin finished third in the women’s 1500 metres, only four days after winning the bronze in the women’s 500 metres.

On Saturday, Boutin had a third place time in the A Final of 2:25.834. Min-jeong Choi of South Korea won the gold medal with a time of 2:24.948, Jinyu Li of China won the silver medal with a time of 2:25.703.

Boutin reached the podium by .107 seconds over Kim A-lang of South Korea. Kim had a fourth place time of 2:25. 941.

The third place finish for Boutin was expected in the 1500 metres more than the 500 metres. She is known as a long distance specialist, but was able to squeak out a bronze medal in the 500 metres earlier at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games after a stronger commitment to the shorter distances.

Boutin still has two more events left. She has the women’s 3000 metre relay on February 20 and the women’s 1000 metres on February 22. In an interesting statistic, Boutin becomes the first Canadian ever to win a medal in the women’s 1500 metre short track speed skating at the Olympic Winter Games. Two Canadian men have won a medal in the men’s 1500 metre Olympic event–Marc Gagnon of Chicoutimi, Quebec won bronze at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City and Charles Hamelin of Levis, Quebec won gold at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

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