Short track speed skaters competingTHE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Sarault and Charles reach the podium in short track World Cup debuts

Courtney Lee Sarault and Alyson Charles won silver and bronze, respectively, in their short track World Cup debuts this weekend.

On home ice in Calgary, Sarault finished second in an incredibly tight 1500m finish. Her time was 2:28.432, just 0.001 seconds behind winner Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands. Ekaterina Efremenkova of Russia took bronze in 2:28.614.

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Sarault’s early success at the senior level is no surprise. She won three medals at the 2018 World Junior Championships and last year was named Speed Skating Canada’s Short Track Rising Star of the Year.

Poland’s Natalia Maliszewska celebrates her victory in the women’s 500-metre competition with third place finisher Team Canada’s Alyson Charles, left, and second place finisher Holland’s Yara Van Kerkhof at the ISU World Cup short track speed skating event in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Charles took bronze in the 500m with a time of 43.449 seconds after setting a personal best time of 43.012s in the semifinal earlier on Saturday. Charles finished behind Natalia Maliszewska of Poland (43.142s) and Yara van Kerkhof of the Netherlands (43.353s).

The short track World Cup races continue in Calgary on Sunday.