Dion finished the men’s 1000m in 1:25,611, edging out Steven Dubois (1:25,634) and Alphonse Ouimette (1:26,876). Saturday’s first-place finish was Dion’s third podium in the distance, having finished second behind Dubois – winner of this season’s 1000m Canadian title – in the first two races.
The Montreal native raced from the front for much of the final, which helped him avoid a big collision that saw teammates Maxime Laoun and Jordan Pierre-Gilles crash violently into the protective mats. Dubois, who lost some momentum because of the crash, made a charge from the pack of the pack but Dion was able to hold him off thanks to a defensive track in the last lap.
On the women’s side, Boutin (1:29,188) earned her second consecutive first-place result in the 1000m, defeating New Brunswick’s Courtney Sarault (1:29,259) and fellow Quebecois skater Alyson Charles (1:29,499) in the final.
With two wins and a combined 20,000 points in the distance, Boutin takes home this season’s 1000m women’s crown. The Sherbrooke native also secured the 500m title following Wednesday’s races.
- “I was very confident in my race strategy today. I knew I had the legs, so as soon as an opportunity presented itself, I made a pass to get to the front. Once I was in the front there was a lot happening in the back including a crash, but it didn’t really affect me. I felt Steven [Dubois] working his way back to the front so I used a defensive track to try and keep my first place position.” – Pascal Dion
- “The final that I raced – staying in second and watching how Courtney [Sarault] was going to finish the race before making my move – was a really great accomplishment. I made some small errors in my first 1000m, but I learned a lot from them. Things went very well for me on Wednesday and today, which gave me three good results in the 1000m and helped me in the overall standings.” – Kim Boutin
Rankings are calculated based on the best 2 of 3 race results in each skater’s best 2 distances.
- Steven Dubois 36,000
- Pascal Dion 30,389
- Jordan Pierre-Gilles 24,797
- Nicolas Perreault 23,773
- Maxime Laoun 22,592
- Kim Boutin 40,000
- Florence Brunelle 30,496
- Alyson Charles 27,277
- Courtney Sarault 26,949
- Camille de Serres-Rainville 23,040