(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Kim Boutin sets world record and wins two World Cup gold medals in Salt Lake City

Kim Boutin won a pair of gold medals and set a new world record at the ISU World Cup Short Track in Salt Lake City over the weekend.

It was a battle during the 1500-metre short track event on Saturday. Team Canada’s Kim Boutin was off to the races from the start until she fell a few positions. However, she quickly regained her lead during the last lap of the finals to earn gold.

Boutin finished the race in 2:22.061 seconds. Following her was Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands (2:22.211s) and Han Yutong of China (2:22.282s). 

During the 1500-metre B Final, Courtney Lee Sarault also came in first with a time of 2:30.605 seconds. Cynthia Mascitto of Italy earned second place (2:31.086s) and Aurelie Monvoisin of France won third place (2:31.975s).

On Sunday, Boutin opened the 500-metre quarter-finals by setting a new world record with a time of 41.936s. Although she didn’t surpass her record in the semi-finals, her time of 42.345 placed her in the A finals.

Boutin took charge of the 500-metre finals right from the beginning and raced to her second gold medal of the weekend at 42.336s.

Qu Chunyu of China received silver (42.452s) and Lara van Ruijven of the Netherlands claimed bronze (42.858s).

The next stop on ISU World Cup short track circuit is Montreal on November 8 to 10, followed by stops in Nagoya, Shanghai, Dresden and Dordrecht.