Mégan Boudrias of Canada (left) skates during the women's relay event at the ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Bormio, Italy. Credit: Bormio 2020, Enric Bigno

Mégan Boudrias and Florence Brunelle were the top Canadians on the final day of competition at the 2020 ISU World Junior Short Track Championships in Bormio, racing to eighth and tenth place finishes in the 1000m, respectively.

Boudrias (Repentigny, Que.), who was crowned this year’s Canadian junior short track champion in December, finished second (1:52.886) in the B-Final, ranking her eighth overall in the distance. Despite being the fastest third-place skater in the semifinals, which would have normally advanced her to the A-Final, she was bumped down to the B-Finals due to an advancement in the other semi.

Meanwhile, yesterday’s double silver medalist Florence Brunelle (Trois-Rivières, Que.) finished tenth overall in the 1000m. The 16-year-old lost an edge and made contact with a fellow skater while attempting an outside pass mid-way through her semi-final, an infraction for which she was penalized.

Gilli Kim of Korea, the eventual women’s 1000m gold medalist, set a new junior world record in the semis with a time of 1:27.685, surpassing countrywomen Whi Min Seo, a double gold medalist at last week’s Youth Olympic Games in Laussane.

The lone Canadian male in action on Sunday, William Dandjinou (Verdun, Que.), failed to advance past the quarterfinals of the men’s 1000m, settling for a 20th overall ranking. Teammate Matej Pederson (Calgary, Alta.) was forced to drop out of the race due to an injury suffered on Friday.

Canada triumphed in the B-Final of the women’s relay, with Boudrias, Brunelle, Léa Chamberland-Dostie (Trois-Rivières, Que.) and Claudia Heeney (Waterloo, Ont.) posting a time of 4:16.732 to defeat Poland and Belarus

“I was really excited to compete at my first World Junior Championships. I was looking forward to racing against the best and comparing myself to them, and I leave the competition with new strategies in my arsenal. I’m pretty happy with my eighth place finish in the 1000m. I would have liked to qualify for the A Final, but the circumstances were such that I only made the B Final. And in the 500m, I would have loved to make it further, but I had trouble adapting to the ice and didn’t get the results I was hoping for.”

– Mégan Boudrias
“My [1000m] race didn’t necessarily turn out the way I had planned. I made a tactical error, which resulted in a penalty. But I feel that I will learn from that race and grow as an athlete because of it. My first international experiences went very well. I’m going to take a lot of positives from this…and I’m ready to compete in other competitions like this.”

– Florence Brunelle