Canada wins two medals at short track speed skating world championships

François-Louis Tremblay of Montreal successfully defended his title in the men’s 500-metres and Kalyna Roberge of Ste-Etienne-de-Lauzon, Que., added a bronze in the women’s 500 on Saturday at the world championships in short track speed skating.

Tremblay, a silver medallist in the 500 and relay at the Turin Olympics clocked 41.439 seconds for the gold. Li Haonan of China was second in 41.639, while Lee Ho-suk of South Korea was third in 41.737.

‘’I was just happy to make the final I had some pretty tough heats along the way,’’ said Tremblay, who stands second in the overall standings. ‘’In the final, I was expecting my opponents to be much stronger at the end of the race but I maintained my speed and they couldn’t catch me. I’m pretty proud of my race.’’

Defending overall champion Ahn Hyun-soo of South Korea, the 1,500 winner on Friday, was disqualified in the finals for improper passing.

Éric Bédard of Ste-Thècle, Que., and Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., were eliminated in the semifinals for fifth and sixth overall.

In the women’s 500, Wang Meng of China took gold in 44.006 seconds, edging out teammate Fu Tianyu by 0.064 seconds. Roberge won the bronze in 44.116. Anouk Leblanc-Boucher of Montreal was fourth.

Roberge suffered ribs, back and head injuries in a fall in Friday’s 1,500 semifinal and was feeling sore all day Saturday.

‘’I was able to block out the pain during the races,’’ said Roberge, named Canada’s junior female athlete of the year at the Canadian Sport Awards on Friday. ‘’So I was still hopeful I could get a medal especially after the first heats in the 500 went really well. I had a good final but I couldn’t get by the Chinese.’’

In the men’s 5,000 relay semifinals, Canada was second in its heat and advanced to the final with Bédard, Hamelin, Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal and Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que.

Competition ends Sunday.