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21 novembre 2021

World cup Debrecen: Dion keeps on shining for Canada

Pascal Dion leaves Hungary with four medals. Another great weekend for the 27-year-old Canadian. 

By Carl Savard

Photo by Martin Holtom

Dion on the podium once again in the 1000m

Canada's Pascal Dion, leader in the 1000m rankings after two legs, won silver today in the distance to stay in the lead. However, he is only a few points ahead of Korea's Hwang Dae-heon. If both athletes make it to the grand final next weekend in Dordrecht, it promises to be a very exciting show. Dion also helped the Canadian team finish ahead of the Koreans (silver) and the Hungarians (bronze) in the 5000m relay event. Let's not forget that Dion won his first career medal on 1500m yesterday and helped Canada win in the mixed relay by skating in the quarterfinal.

Schulting is untouchable

On the women's side, it seems that nothing and no one was going to stop Suzanne Schulting this weekend in Debrecen. After winning gold in the 1500m and 500m yesterday she added gold in the 1000m today finishing ahead of Choi Min-jeong (silver) and Natalia Maliszewska (bronze). In addition to her individual prowess, Schulting led the Dutch women's team to victory in the 3000m relay to complete her perfect weekend. Canada won the silver medal in this distance while China took the bronze.

Mixed Relay

After a desperate move by Italy's Pietro Sieghel in the semi-final led to a penalty resulting in an advancement, five teams reached the finals of the mixed relay event as Korea, Hungary, Canada, China and France took their places on the starting line. Dominant throughout the race, China won gold finishing ahead of Canada. France also reached the podium to win the bronze medal. 

Other news for Canada

As for the other Canadian performances on this last day of competition in Debrecen, Courtney Sarault finished 5th in the 1000m following a penalty in the grand final. Jordan Pierre-Gilles obtained the same result. The leaders of the Canadian team Kim Boutin and Charles Hamelin had seen their journey end in the quarter finals of the individual distance.

The athletes will meet next weekend in Dordrecht in the Netherlands to complete the World Cup season.

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