Seoul / Korea

Kim Boutin became the second Canadian to finish the Audi ISU World Cup Short Track series as an overall winner after a contentious last corner of the ladies 1000m final saw rival Shim Suk Hee (KOR) crash out.

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There was contact involving Boutin, Shim and Great Britain’s Elise Christie. Boutin earned the silver while Christie earned a penalty that left her in tears.

Ahead of the drama, Choi Min Jeong (KOR) won her sixth individual gold this season. Yara van Kerkhof (NED) was third.

Boutin explained, “I blocked Christie inside and sometimes contact happens. Everyone in there is really strong. We were jostling."

Teammate Marianne St-Gelais took the 500m crown on Saturday.

Boutin came to Seoul as the world cup leader and a silver here proved enough.

Having gone toe to toe with the Koreans in several finals this series, Boutin called it “fun” skating with them.

She added, “I feel I was in the race until the end so I'm pretty happy with that.”

For bronze medallist Van Kerkhof, it seemed to mean more.

“In Dordrecht I was fourth twice. It was really good but it was not a medal, so I’m really happy I have a medal now," she said. “My last chance for an individual medal and I took it.”

The 27-year-old continued, “It gives a lot of confidence and what can happen here can also happen at the Olympics. I get a good feeling for the Olympics.”

Canada’s Jamie Macdonald won the B final.

The confirmed list of quota places for the PyeongChang Olympics will be announced by the ISU.

Full entry lists and results of the Audi ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating are available here. Follow the discussion on social media by using #WCShortTrack #ShortTrackSkating. 

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