Canada's Kim Boutin produced the stand-out performance on day three of the ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup in Salt Lake City ©ISU

Canada's Kim Boutin set the Utah Olympic Oval ice alight on the second day of finals at the International Skating Union (ISU) Short Track Speed Skating World Cup, becoming the first woman to break 42 seconds in the 500 metres event.

The 24-year-old, who won yesterday's 1,500m final, gave her rivals an almost impossible target as she blitzed to a world-record time in the quarter-finals.

Her blistering time of 41.936sec broke the previous mark of 42.335 set by Great Britain's Elise Christie on the same ice in 2016.

Boutin, who rekindled her love for the sport with a training camp in The Netherlands over the northern summer, shot to another fast start in the final and never really looked likely to relinquish that lead, finishing in a time that was just 0.001 of a second outside Christie's old record.

Hot on her heels, yesterday's 500m winner Martina Valcepina of Italy fell early on.

That left China's Qu Chunyu to take the silver medal in 42.452, with reigning world champion Lara van Ruijven of The Netherlands finishing third in 42.858.

"The heat was pretty fast, 42.6, but I couldn't have imagined to be under 42, so it's a pretty amazing race," Boutin said.

"I’m pretty happy.

"It's a great start to the season and for me it's the strongest ice to race because it's fast and you need to be balanced. 

"It's an amazing start and I hope to be on this progression until the end of the season."

The Netherlands' Suzanne Schulting tasted victory in the women's 1,000m event ©ISU
The Netherlands' Suzanne Schulting tasted victory in the women's 1,000m event ©ISU

South Korea's Hwang Dae Heon was the other individual double gold medallist in Salt Lake City, picking up a win in the men's 1,000m to add to his 500m victory from yesterday.

Hwang seized the initiative on lap six and kept it to the finish, triumphing in a time of 1:23.948.

At the back of the pack, six-time Olympic champion Victor An let the other skaters use up their energy and then, with a trademark burst of speed, came up the inside around the final corner to pass fellow Russian Semen Elistratov and South Korea's Park Ji Won and secure the silver medal in 1:24.134.

Park's sprint for the line gave him the bronze medal ahead of China's Han Tianyu and Elistratov, yesterday's 1,500m gold medallist.

Hwang and Boutin also won relay medals, as South Korea and Canada took silver and bronze in the men's 5,000m and women's 3,000m relays respectively.

Elistratov and An were joined on the men's 5,000m gold medal-winning Russian team by Daniil Eybog and Pavel Sitnikov, with the quartet clocking a time of 6:43.662.

Hwang and Park and their South Korean team-mates, Kim Dong Wook and Park In Wook, finished second in 6:43.743, while Canada's Charles Hamelin, Maxime Laoun, Pascal Dion and Steven Dubois came third in 6:43.883.

Victory in the women's 3,000m relay went to China's Fan Kexin, Han Yutong, Qu and Zhang Yuting in 4:08.746.

Reigning world and Olympic champions South Korea, whose team was made up of Choi Min Jeong, Kim Alang, Kim Ji Yoo and Noh Ah Rum, were the runners-up in 4:08.979, while Canada's Alyson Charles, Claudia Gagnon, Danae Blais and Boutin rounded off the podium in 4:09.009.

With all of yesterday's men's 500m medallists choosing to race the 1,000m today, the ice was left clear for China's Wu Dajing to take victory.

Wu picked up his 15th ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup medal at this distance in 39.702, making up for yesterday's disappointment when he fell in the final.

Hungary's Shaolin Sándor Liu finished second in 39.732, while Kazakhstan's Abzal Azhgaliyev came third in 39.881.

In the women's 1,000m event, reigning world and Olympic champion Suzanne Schulting of The Netherlands prevailed in 1:28.517.

China's Han Yutong, who took the bronze medal to Schulting's silver in yesterday's 1,500m final, finished second in 1:28.664.

Compatriot Zhang Chutong completed the top three in 1:29.621.

Junior world record holder Seo Whi Min of South Korea sent herself and Russia's Sofia Prosvirnova sprawling across the ice after changing lanes when the pair were vying for the silver-medal position.