Boutin and Dion both won silver in the 1,500m to cheers from the fans.
Boutin then won a second silver medal, this time in the 500m. A little wide in a turn, the Quebecer was surprised by the Dutch Xandra Velzeboer and could not catch up with her.
Velzeboer won in 42.476 seconds, followed by Boutin in 42.570, ahead of another Dutchwoman, Yara van Kerkhof (42.642). Alyson Charles finished 4th (42.772).
Bronze medalist at the Beijing Olympics in the 500m, Boutin says she is in better shape than ever.
Beijing was a way for me to turn the page on my last Games, recognized the skater from Sherbrooke. It was a way to get into something where I was happy on the ice. I reduced my performance a bit to be happy on the ice, but now I’m trying to combine the two. That will be my challenge.
Boutin is first in the cumulative ranking and can therefore aim for the title of world champion on Sunday.
The most difficult thing in the world championships is to be consistent. Today I was; I just have to take it one step at a time.
Among the men, Pascal Dion won the 500m B final (40.829). Steven Dubois finished 3rd (41.046).
In the 1,500m, Boutin finished behind Minjeong Choi of South Korea and ahead of Whimin Seo, also of South Korea. Courtney Sarault made a comeback on the last lap, but her attempt was not enough to earn a place on the podium. She had to settle for 4th place.
Boutin quickly moved into the lead. She was overtaken by Choi with four laps to go and couldn’t catch her.
I’m really happy with my race in the 1500m; I was a little more into the strategy. I could have predicted that my rival was going to go on the outside… It’s a next objective: I’ll try to challenge her on that side.
In the men’s 1,500m, Dion also preferred to settle among the front of the peloton quickly in the race. Hungarian Shaoang Liu passed him to take the gold medal. Belgian Stijn Desmet finished 3rd.
Quebecer Jordan Pierre-Gilles took 4th place in the B final. His compatriot Steven Dubois was stopped in the semi-finals due to a fall.
At the end of the day, Charles Hamelin made sure to participate in one last final: that of the men’s relay. Hamelin helped Canada qualify in this event. The women’s team also secured their place in the final.
Hamelin was not entered in any competition other than the relay at these World Championships. A deliberate decision to make the most of this last competition.
I had shivers hearing the crowd chanting my name… I had lost those feelings a bit. It’s a really cool day with podiums for both the guys and the girls. Cheering on the team in the stands with my girlfriend and my daughter is something I wanted to experience before saying goodbye to skating. Seriously, I love this! I thank everyone who was there and we’ll do it again tomorrow.
Above all, the skater from Sainte-Julie will not be there as a tourist.
Of course we want the gold. I think we have the team, we have the legs. We have proven that we can do it. The ice was soft, the conditions were not optimal, but we kept our calm, we managed to do some good stints. We secured our place in the A final.
Ending up with my baby girl in my arms would be the perfect ending for me.
The women also qualified for the relay final.
The competition continues live on Sunday. Jean-Patrick Balleux will be on the description, and Marianne St-Gelais, on the analysis.