Canada’s relay gold highlights five–medal outburst at short track World Cup

Canada won the gold medal in the men’s 5,000-metre relay on Sunday to conclude its best showing so far this year at the third stop on the short track speed skating World Cup circuit.

Also on Sunday, Canada added two silver and two bronze medal performances to finish the meet with two gold, three silver and three bronze. In the team standings this weekend Canada was first for the men and second for the women.

In the 5,000 relay, the Canadians with Steve Robillard and Jonathan Guilmette, both of Montreal, Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., and Francois-Louis Tremblay of Boucherville, Que., clocked 6:49.462 to finish more than four seconds ahead of China in second spot.

"We had some great chemistry and weren’t intimidated by the other teams," said Turcotte, a member of Canada’s Olympic champion relay squad in 2002. "We had a great strategy and I think nobody could have beaten us on this day."

It was a big weekend for Turcotte who added his third individual medal this weekend with silver in the men’s 1,000 losing a close battle to American Apolo Anton Ohno of the U.S. Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., was third in that race and Guilmette took fourth spot.

Hamelin then added a bronze in the 3,000 and also ends the weekend with three individual medals.

On the women’s side, Amanda Overland of Cambridge, Ont., won the silver medal in the women’s 1,000 metres clocking 1:33.667 for her first career World Cup medal. Korean-born Hyo-Jung Kim of the U.S., clocked 1:33.593 for the gold.

"I worked so hard today, the 1,000 metre is a hard race but I was determined," said Overland, who receives plenty of advice from brother Kevin Crockett and sister Cindy Overland who were two of Canada’s top long track speed skaters for many years. "In the final the American girl ran a very smart race and when she took the lead I felt it was most important to protect my position. This race is just getting so fast now in addition to lots of passing and lots of strategy."

The fourth stop on the World Cup circuit is this Friday to Sunday at Saguenay, Que.