ALMATY, Kazakhstan - Canada's Kim Boutin returned to international competition with a podium finish in the women's 1,000-metre race on Saturday at the World Cup short-track event in Kazakhstan.

Boutin, from Sherbooke, Que., finished in a minute 28.974 seconds to capture the silver medal, an identical result to her second-place finish in the distance during the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang earlier this year.

"I am very happy with my performance today," said Boutin. "My goal was not necessarily to perform at the highest level or get results, but instead to return to the basics and have fun. I feel that I definitely attained that objective.

"I had some good races, but there is still a lot that I can improve on."

Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands took gold.

The only other Canadians in medal contention during finals racing on Saturday were Steven Dubois of Lachenaie, Que., and Samuel Girard of Ferland-et-Boilleau, Que., who finished fourth and sixth respectively in the men's 1,500 metres (1).

Boutin followed up her medal-winning performance by participating in the semifinals of the mixed gender and women's relay races, helping both teams advance to Sunday's finals. The men's relay team followed suit, finishing first in their semifinal to secure a spot in the finals and keep their podium hopes alive.


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