Canada second in men’s competition at short track speed skating team worlds

Canada won the silver medal in men’s competition on Sunday while the women were fourth at the world team championships in short track speed skating.

In men’s competition, South Korea won the gold medal totalling 32 points with Canada, the defending champions second at 28. Italy was third at 18 and China fourth at 15.

The title came down to the relay final as both the Canadians and Koreans entered the race tied at 22 points. The Koreans won the relay in 6:50.521 while Canada with Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal, Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., Jean-François Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., and Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., were second in 6:50.821.

In the individual events, Guilmette earned the most points for Canada placing first in his 1,000-metre heat and second in his 500 and 3,000 races. Hamelin won his 500 and was second in his 1,000, Turcotte was second in his 500 while Monette and Steve Robillard of Montreal were both second in their respective 1,000 races.

“Our objective was to win the gold medal,” said Robillard, a national team rookie. “The guys had a very good relay race and it came down to the last exchange. This is an interesting format because it’s not a long competition. We only do each race once and in couple of hours everything’s done. I think a lot of skaters used it as a preparation for the individual worlds (next week).”

In the team event, there are heats in the 500, 1,000 and 3,000 metres and a relay. There is a skater from each country in each heat. The winner in each heat earns five points for his country, second place three, third place two and fourth place one. Points are doubled in the relay.

South Korea also won the women’s event with 47 points, China was second at 37, Italy third at 22 and Canada fourth at 15. It was the same order of finish as last year.

Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., was Canada’s top point getter with second in her 500, third in her 1,000 and fourth in her 3,000. Amanda Overland of Kitchener, Ont., was third in her 1,000 while Alana Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., and Tania Vicent of Montreal both posted two fourth place finishes.

The Canadian relay was also fourth with Overland, Goulet-Nadon, Kraus and Anouk Leblanc-Boucher of Montreal.

The same Canadian team competes next weekend at the world individual championships in Gothenburg, Sweden.