Canada's Kim Boutin wins bronze in women's 1500 metre short track speedskating

Kim Boutin

The gold medal will have been a relief for Choi after her dramatic loss to Italy's Arianna Fontana in the 500m event on Tuesday, from which she was disqualified for interference.

Choi Min-jeong won the women's 1500m short-track final to claim host nation South Korea's third gold of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Kim Boutin is a two-time Olympic bronze medallist at Pyeongchang.

Boutin reached the podium by.107 seconds over Kim A-lang of South Korea.

In an interesting statistic, Boutin becomes the first Canadian ever to win a medal in the women's 1500 metre short track speed skating at the Olympic Winter Games.

"I didn't win this gold medal alone", Yonhap News quoted Choi as saying in a TV interview afterward. "The national team and our national skating federation gave all athletes so much support and allowed us to succeed". She entered the final lap in second place, but was passed by China's Li Jinyu in the closing stages.

Choi started the 14-lap race at the back of the pack but made her move on the outside with four laps to go.

But the South Korean star said she never let her guard down. She has the women's 3000 metre relay on February 20 and the women's 1000 metres on February 22.

Samuel Girard won Canada's fifth gold in Pyeongchang in the men's 1,000m final, ahead of American John-Henry Krueger and South Korean Seo Yi-ra.

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