Canadian women 1-2 in 500 at short track World Cup

Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., and Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., finished 1-2 in the women’s 500-metres Saturday in World Cup short track speed skating.

Goulet-Nadon, 19, clocked a personal best 44.277 seconds for her first-ever individual World Cup win and third medal this season. Kraus followed in 44.518 for the first World Cup medal of her career. World record holder Evgenia Radanova of Bulgaria was third in 44.554 while Amanda Overland of Cambridge, Ont., at her first World Cup event, was an impressive fourth in 45.329.

"Amélie wants to win badly," said Canadian national team coach Guy Thibault. "It’s her first win and it certainly won’t be her last. With her attitude and the experience and confidence she’s gaining she’s going to get a lot better."

Goulet-Nadon, who passed Radanova with two laps to go to take the lead, climbed to second in the World Cup 500 standings and now has 188 points just four behind the Bulgarian star.

Kraus, the Canadian record holder at 44.253, was a late replacement for Tania Vicent of Montreal who withdrew due to a groin injury.

"Going into the finals we felt we could win more than one medal," said Kraus, 25, who overtook Radanova for second spot on the final lap. "I just tried to stay relaxed and take advantage of any opportunities. When Radanova slipped, I snuck in there."

Fabio Carta led Italy to a clean medal sweep clocking 42.161. Nicola Rodigari was second in 42.218 and Nicola Franceschina third in 42.377. Olympic silver medallist Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal was fifth in the final in 42.642.

Éric Bédard of Ste-Thècle, Que., and Jean-François Monette of Pointes-aux-Trembles, Que., were both eliminated in semifinals and finish sixth and eighth respectively.

Canada also qualified for both the men’s and women’s relay finals by placing first in their respective semifinal heats.

Competition ends Sunday.