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Short track speed skater Kim Boutin wins bronze in the women’s 500m

Canadian Kim Boutin reacts after winning the bronze medal in the women’s 500 meters short track speed skating event in Beijing on February 7.Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

Short track speed skater Kim Boutin won a bronze medal in the women’s 500 meters at the Beijing Olympics on Monday.

Boutin, the event’s world record holder, finished in 42.724 seconds after being stuck third throughout the race.

Arianna Fontana of Italy won gold in 42.488 while Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands took silver in 42.559.

The world record is 41.936, set in 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

It was Boutin’s fourth career Olympic medal.

The 27-year-old from Sherbrooke, Que., previously won silver and two bronze at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Boutin’s medal came after an otherwise disastrous night for the Canadian short track skating team.

Florence Brunelle was penalized in the first race of the evening for crashing her teammate Alyson Charles and the Chinese Fan Kexin. Charles qualified for the semi-final, where she finished fourth. She then finished third in the B final and eighth overall.

Pascal Dion and Jordan Pierre-Gilles were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the men’s 1000m.

Dion fell as he attempted to pass through the outside, while Pierre-Gilles was penalized after his pass from Chinese favorite Wu Dajing was deemed too aggressive by the judges.

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