Canada takes silver in women's relay

Canada captured a silver medal in the women's 3,000-metre short-track speedskating relay at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday.

Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., Anouk Leblanc-Boucher of Prevost, Que., Kalyna Roberge of St-Etienne-de-Lauzon, Que., and Tania Vincent of Laval, Que., finished in four minutes 17.336 seconds.

Amanda Overland of Kitchener, Ont., also won a medal because she skated in the semifinals earlier in the week.

South Korea won the gold in 4:17.040. Italy took the bronze in 4:20.030 while the Chinese team was disqualified.

It's the second medal of the Games for Leblanc-Boucher, who won a bronze in the women's 500 metres last week.

It was the fourth medal of the day for Canada, which won gold in cross-country skiing as well as a gold and a silver in long-track speedskating.

China led much of the race, but Wang Meng - the only non-Korean short-track gold medallist of these games - cost her team a medal when she got a little too aggressive in a turn and bumped Roberge off line.

"We did so many moves and tried to get clear," LeBlanc-Boucher said. "I don't know about the Chinese. The Canadian team did it clean."

The South Korean team of Byun Chun-sa, Choi Eun-kyung, Jeon Da-hye and Jin Sun-yu won their country's fourth short-track gold medal of the Games, equalling the best performance ever in the rough-and-tumble sport - with three more events still to go.

The Azzurri-clad Italian team leapt for joy when the final standings were posted. The crowd serenaded the four skaters with chants of "Italia! Italia!"

It was the first medal ever for the Italian women in short track; the men have a gold and two silvers.

With China disqualified, the United States took fourth place by winning the consolation final.


Source: Canadian Press