Steven Dubois wins short track silver for Canada at World Cup opener in Montreal
Steven Dubois, who won a silver medal in speed skating for Canada in the 1,500 meters at the Beijing Olympics in February, achieved the same result at the season-opening World Cup in short track on Saturday to Montreal.
Dubois, who was leading halfway through the A final, reached the finish line at the Maurice Richard Arena in two minutes 14.312 seconds behind South Korean Park Ji Won and 1-1000ths ahead of his teammate, Hong Kyung Hwan, in a photo-finish.
Montreal’s Pascal Dion fell and finished last among the six finishers in 2:54.242.
Two weeks ago, Dubois, of Terrebonne, Que., won the men’s national title for a third straight year at the Canadian championships in Quebec.
“He has great potential,” Dubois’ former relay teammate, retired Charles Hamelin, told Montreal newspaper La Presse. “He has exceptional athletic and skating qualities that I myself have never had in my life. If you combine these qualities with a certain confidence, forget it, the rest of the world will not find it funny!”
“When confidence kicks in and he goes in without fear, he’s going to be tough to beat.”
WATCH | Dubois wins the silver medal in the 1500 meters in photo-finish:
Dubois, a triple medalist at the Beijing Winter Games, won silver in a penalty event in China as well as gold in the 5,000m relay and bronze in the 500m.
A substitute with the 2018 Olympic team in Pyeongchang, South Korea, he finished fourth in the 1,500m at the 2019 world championships and the following year he took silver in a triple medal at the Four Continents Championships. to Montreal.
Canada wins bronze medal in mixed relay
Elsewhere on Saturday, Canada won bronze in the 2,000-metre mixed relay, finishing just behind the Belgian team with a time of 2:41:066. South Korea won gold.
Canada was represented by Rikki Doak of Fredericton, Courtney Sarault of Moncton, NB, Mathieu Pelletier of Laval, Que., and Félix Roussel of Sherbrooke, Que.
WATCH | Canada skates to bronze in mixed relay:
Jordan Pierre-Gilles of Sherbrooke was fourth in the men’s 1,000 (1:24.532). Roberts Kruzbergs of Latvia won in 1:23.959.
Claudia Gagnon placed seventh (2:32.519) out of seven finishers in the women’s 1,500m, won by Suzanne Schulting (2:31.052) of the Netherlands.
In the women’s 1,000, reigning three-time Canadian champion Kim Boutin finished fourth in her heat and qualified for the B final. The A final featured Doak, who fell and did not record a time.
Live streaming of the event on CBCSports.ca will continue Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET.
The next stop on the short track World Cup circuit is Salt Lake City on Nov. 4, followed by Almaty, Kazakhstan (Dec. 9-11, Dec. 16-18).
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