Canada’s Amélie Goulet-Nadon wins World Cup gold in short track speed skating

Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., won the gold medal in the women’s 500-metres while Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal and Jean-François Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., added silver and bronze in the men’s 500 at the third stop on the short track speed skating World Cup circuit.

Goulet-Nadon clocked 46.221 seconds for her first victory this season and fifth individual medal. She’s stepped on the podium in all three 500’s this year. Tatiana Borodulina of Russia was second in 46.311 and Tianyin Fu of China third in 46.331.

“It just feels great to get the win,” said Goulet-Nadon, a triple World Cup champion last season. “At the team trials (two weeks ago) I was feeling very tired so I really rested up for this World Cup event. It’s exactly what I needed and obviously my form is there now.”

Goulet-Nadon leads the 500 World Cup standings at the halfway point of the season.

Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., was eliminated in the quarterfinal and places ninth and Tania Vicent of Montreal was ousted in the opening heats for 18th spot.

In the men’s 500, world champion Jiajun Li of China fended off three Canadians in the final for the gold medal in 43.418. Guilmette, the Olympic silver medallist, was second in 43.599 and Monette earned his second bronze in two days clocking 43.692.

Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., was second until he fell on the last turn and finished well back in fourth.

“We tried to put together some possible strategies with three of us in the final,” said Guilmette. “But I didn’t get off the start line as well as I wanted. Li is very experienced and difficult to pass once he takes a lead. I was pleased to get back into the medals here but I’m not totally satisfied with how I raced.”

In the women’s relay, Canada finished second in its semifinal heat to advance to the final. The Canadian skaters were Goulet-Nadon, Vicent, Kraus and Anne Maltais of Montreal. The Canadian men’s relay was disqualified in its semifinal.

Competition ends Sunday