Alyson Charles wins three bronze medals at World Cup short track speed skating event in Calgary

 

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Alyson Charles of Montreal, Quebec came away with three medals from her first ever World Cup short track speed skating event in Calgary.¬†Charles won the bronze medal in two separate women’s 500 metre races (one on Saturday and one on Sunday) and then teamed up with Camille De Serres-Rainville of Montreal, Quebec, Claudia Gagnon of Saguenay, Quebec and Courtney Lee Sarault of Dieppe, New Brunswick to win bronze in the women’s 3000 metre relay. Sarault also won a silver medal in the women’s 1500 metre race.

In the women’s 500 metres on Saturday, Charles had a third place time in the A Final of 43.449 seconds. Natalia Maliszewska of Poland won the gold medal with a time of 43.142 seconds. Yara van Kerkhof of the Netherlands won the silver medal with a time of 43.353 seconds.

In the women’s 500 metres on Sunday, Charles had a third place time of 43.575 seconds. Lara van Ruijven of the Netherlands won the gold medal with a time of 43.07 seconds. Kexin Fan of China won the silver medal with a time of 43.214 seconds. Charles reached the podium by 0.157 seconds over Maliszewska, who finished in fourth place with a time of 43.732 seconds.

In the women’s 1500 metres on Saturday, Sarault’s silver medal time was two minutes, 28.432 seconds. Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands won the gold medal with a time of 2:28.423. Ekaterina Efremenkova of Russia won the bronze medal with a time of 2:28.614. Sarault reached the podium by 0.369 seconds over Yutong Han of China.

In the women’s relay on Sunday, Charles, De Serres-Rainville, Gagnon and Sarault posted a third place time of 4:05.267. Russia won the gold medal with a time of 4:03.925. South Korea won the silver medal with a time of 4:03.966. Canada reached the podium by 9.685 seconds over the Netherlands, who finished in fourth place with a time of 4:14.952.

 

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