Courtney Lee Sarault of Moncton, New Brunswick, and Olympic bronze medalist Pascal Dion of Montreal, Quebec won World Cup short track speed skating medals in Beijing, China this past weekend. Sarault won the silver medal in the women’s 1500 metre race on Saturday, and Dion won the bronze medal in the men’s 1000 metre race on Sunday.
In the women’s 1500 metres, Sarault had a time in the final of two minutes, 22.167 seconds. She beat out Yuting Zhang of China by 0.265 seconds. Zhang was in fourth place with a time of 2:22.432. Yubin Lee of South Korea won the gold medal with a time of 2:21.833. Kristen Santos of the United States won the bronze medal with a time of 2:22.176.
Sarault won her 12th World Cup medal of her career. She now has won one gold medal, eight silver medals and three bronze medals.
In the men’s 1000 metres, Dion had a third place time of one minute, 26.621 seconds. He reached the podium by one-one thousandth of a second over Kazuki Yoshinaga of Japan, who had a time of 1:26.622. Daeheon Hwang of South Korea won the gold medal with a time of 1:26.020. Semen Elistratov of Russia won the silver medal with a time of 1:26.387.
Dion won the bronze medal in the men’s 5000 metre relay at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang alongside Samuel Girard of Ferland-et-Boilleau, Quebec, Charles Hamelin of Levis, Quebec, and Charle Cournoyer of Boucherville, Quebec. He has now won 14 World Cup medals, but this is only his second World Cup individual medal. Dion previously won a silver medal in a World Cup short track speed skating event in Gangneung, South Korea on December 17, 2016. The World Cup medals for Dion and Cournoyer in Beijing are significant because the 2022 Olympic Winter Games will be in Beijing in February.