Canadian speedskater Pascal Dion won a bronze medal in the men’s 1,000 metres at a World Cup Short Track competition on Sunday.
The Montreal native edged Japan’s Kazuki Yoshinaga in a photo finish to claim third place in 1 minute 26.621 seconds. Yoshinaga was one-1000th of a second behind in fourth.
South Korea’s Hwang Dae-heon won gold in 1:26.020 and Russia’s Semen Elistratov took the silver in 1:26.387.
Dion was the lone Canadian to race in an A final on the final day of competition at the Capital Indoor Stadium.
The competition served as a test event for the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
Canada’s Courtney Sarault wins silver in short-track speedskating
Canadian speedskater Courtney Sarault won a silver medal in the women’s 1,500 metres on Saturday at the ISU World Cup Short Track competition.
South Korea’s Yubin Lee won gold in 2 minutes 21.833 seconds. Sarault, a Moncton native, was second in 2:22.167, outstretching American Kristen Santos (2:22.176) at the line.
“I definitely wasn’t expecting this today,” Sarault said. “During the warmup, I was having a bit of difficulty with my boots and my blades. I was going into the races just planning to have fun, to try to make the B-final and to work on what I have to do tactically.
“I ended up with a silver medal, so I’m proud of myself for overcoming what I didn’t think I could and I’m excited for what’s next.”
Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, Que., was fifth.
Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., was fourth in the men’s 1,500 B-final. Teammate Steven Dubois of Lachenaie, Que., was fifth.
The Canadian women advanced to the B-final after placing third in the relay semi-finals.
Competition continues Sunday at the Capital Indoor Stadium. The World Cup is serving as a test event for the 2022 Beijing Olympics.