Shaoang Liu is leading the men's overall standings at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships ©Getty Images

Defending overall world champion Shaoang Liu won two individual gold medals on day two of the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Montreal.

The Hungarian secured titles in the 1,500 metres and 500m thanks to times of 2min 15.096sec and 40.573sec, and also established himself as the leader of the men's overall standings at the Maurice Richard Arena.

Liu had finished first in every heat, quarter- and semi-final race leading up to his two victories.

Canada’s Pascal Dion joined Liu on the 1,500m podium as the silver medallist in 2:15.644

Belgium’s Stijn Desmet secured the bronze medal, following in 2:15.716.

The Belgian repeated his bronze-worthy performance in the 500m, crossing the line in 30.710 as Quentin Fercoq of France came second, finishing in 30.674sec.

The story of the women's events centred on home favourite Kim Boutin building on a single Beijing 2022 bronze by taking two silver medals to lead the overall standings.

Boutin is seeking a first world title, with her hopes boosted by Suzanne Schulting, the Dutch skater who won all the gold medals at last year's edition, not competing after testing positive for COVID-19.

Boutin currently has a three-point lead over South Korea’s Choi Min-jeong, who won the 1,500m event.

The three-time Olympic and world champion finished in 2:23.594, a healthy 0.607sec faster than Boutin and 0.861 quicker than compatriot Seo Whi-min in third.

Choi, who failed to qualify for the 500m A final, won the B final with the event’s gold medal going to Xandra Velzeboer of The Netherlands.

It is Velzeboer's first individual world title and she crossed the line first in 42.476.

Boutin trailed by just 0.094 and Dutchwoman Yara van Kerkhof achieved bronze.

South Korea are set to challenge for gold in the men’s 5,000m relay and the women’s 3,000m relay following successful semi-finals.

They won the second women's heat with a time of 4:10.464, with Canada finishing second on 4:10.498.

Hungary crashed out.

The Netherlands and Italy are also through to the final.

Meanwhile, the hosts have a crack at giving six-time Olympic medallist Charles Hamelin a warm send-off into retirement with a 15th World Championship gold in the men’s relay tomorrow.

Canada finished second in their heat, completing the race 0.093sec behind The Netherlands, who stopped the clock on 6:46.019.

France failed to qualify for the final.

In the other heat, South Korea and Hungary progressed, recording times of 7:03.722 and 7:04.133, respectively, as Belgium dropped out.

Tomorrow is the last day of the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships, with 1,000m finals and relay finals on the agenda.