Kim Boutin wins Olympic short track bronze for Canada in women’s 500m

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

Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, Quebec, has won Canada’s ninth medal for Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. At the Gangneung Ice Arena on Tuesday, Boutin won a bronze medal in the women’s 500m short track speed skating event.

Boutin had a third place time of 43.881 seconds. Arianna Fontana of Italy won the gold medal with a time of 42.569 seconds and Yara van Kerkhof of the Netherlands won the silver medal with a time of 43.256 seconds.

Boutin crossed the finish line fourth, but had her position upgraded to bronze when Choi Min-Jeong of South Korea was penalized for impeding,

The bronze medal for Boutin was significant when you consider the fact that gold medal favourite Marianne St-Gelais of Roberval, Quebec was disqualified from the quarterfinals for interference. As a matter of fact, St-Gelais did not even get to finish her quarterfinal, as after she made contact with her opponent, the officials stopped the race, disqualified St-Gelais, and started over again. St-Gelais will still have more chances for Olympic hardware in the 1000m, 1500m and 3000m relay.

Boutin becomes the fourth Canadian to win a medal in the women’s 500m short track speed skating at the Olympic Winter Games. She follows in the footsteps of Annie Perreault of Windsor, Quebec (gold, Nagano, 1998), Anouk Leblanc-Boucher of Prevost, Quebec (bronze, Turin, 2006) and St-Gelais (silver, Vancouver, 2010).

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