Canada`s Goulet-Nadon crowned World Cup 1,500-metre champion

Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., won the bronze medal in the women’s 1,500-metres to take the distance’s season title by one point Friday at the short track speed skating World Cup final.



Almost 3,000 spectators attended Friday’s competition at the Centre Geoges-Vézina.



Goulet-Nadon, a member of Canada’s bronze medal winning relay team last year at the Olympics, finishes atop the 1,500 World Cup standings with 191 points. Ha-Ri Cho of South Korea was second at 190 and Evegenia Radanova of Bulgaria third at 189.



``My goal at the start of the year was to be more consistent,`` said Goulet-Nadon. `` I never thought about winning a World Cup title. It’s a great thrill.``



In Friday’s race, Tianyu Fu led China to a 1-2 finish clocking 2:48.224 with Xiaoying Yu second at 2:48.337 and the 20-year-old Goulet-Nadon was third at 2:48.475.



Meng Wang of China was disqualified for cross track Goulet-Nadon at the finish.



``I wasn`t totally satisfied with my race,`` said Goulet-Nadon. ``I should have tried to take the lead early on because there were three Chinese in the race. But I was happy about the disqualification. Those kind of gestures have to be penalized.``



Amanda Overland of Cambridge, Ont., was eliminated in the semifinal and placed eighth and Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., didn’t get past the first round for 17th.



In the men’s 1,500, Jiajun Li of China was the winner in 2:27.204 with Apolo Anton Ohno of the U.S., second in 2:27.228 and Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal third in 2:27.391.



``I took an early lead and put myself in position to win the race at the finish,`` said Guilmette. ``This was my first individual World Cup race since December but I was feeling confident I could do well this week.``



François-Louis Tremblay of Boucherville, Que., and Frederic Blackburn of Montreal were eliminated in semifinals and ranked seventh and ninth respectively.



Fabio Carta of Italy took the distance`s World Cup title while Tremblay was the top Canadian in fifth.



Canada also advanced to the men’s 5,000-metre relay semifinal placing second in its heat behind South Korea. Skating for Canada were Blackburn, Guilmette, Monette and Jeff Scholten of Fredericton.



Competition continues Saturday.



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Friday`s results at the short track speed skating World Cup final in Saguenay, Que.



Men



1,500: 1. Jiajun Li, China, 2:27.204; 2. Apolo Anton Ohno, U.S., 2:27.228; 3. Jonathan Guilmette, Montreal, 2:27.391; 4. Seung-Jae Lee, South Korea, 2:27.611; 5. Wei Guo, China, 2:27.747; 6. Ye Li, China, 2:27.921.



Other Canadians: 7. François-Louis Tremblay, Boucherville, Que.; 9. Frederic Blackburn, Montreal.



Women



1,500 : 1. Tianyu Fu, China, 2 :48.224; 2. Xiaoying Yu, China, 2 :48.337; 3. Amélie Goulet-Nadon, Laval, Que., 2:48.475; 4. Tatiana Borodulina, Russia, 2:48.550; 5. Yvonne Kunz, Germany, 2 :48.723.



Other Canadians : 8. Amanda Overland, Cambridge, Ont.; 17. Alanna Kraus, Abbotsford, B.C.



FINAL WORLD CUP STANDINGS



1,500



Men: 1. Fabio Carta, Italy, 193 points; 2. Hyun-Soo Ahn, South Korea, 191; 3. Apolo Anton Ohno, U.S., 187; 4. Ye LI, China, 184; 5. Tremblay, 178.



Other Canadians: 7. Jean-François Monette, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., 174; 13. Guilmette, 142.



Women : 1. Goulet-Nadon, 191; 2. Ha-Ri Cho, South Korea, 190; 3. Evgenia Radanova, Bulgaria, 189.



Other Canadian: 9. Kraus, 162.