Éric Bédard back on track at World Cup

Éric Bédard of Ste-Thècle, Que., helped Canada to the silver medal in the men’s relay and added a bronze in the 1,000 metres Sunday to conclude the fourth stop on the short track speed skating circuit.

The Canadian women’s relay added another bronze as Canada ended the competition with two silver and two bronze.

In the men’s 5,000 relay, China with Jiajun Li, Ye Li, Haonan Li, and Wei Guo took the gold in six minutes and 53.517 seconds passing the Canadians on the last lap. Canada followed with Bédard, Jean-François Monette of Pointes-aux-Trembles, Que., Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., and Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal in 6:53.827. South Korea was third in 6:56.318.

In the men’s 1,000, Hyun-Kom led the South Koreans to a 1-2 finish clocking 1:27.552 with world champion Hyun-Soo Ahn second in 1:27.554 and Bédard third in 1:27.656 for his second individual medal this season. Guilmette was fourth in 1:27.901. Jeff Scholten of Montreal, a silver medallist in the 500 Saturday, was eliminated in the semifinals for seventh.

The Koreans swept the medals in the 3,000 led by Ahn with the gold. Guilmette was fifth, Bédard sixth and Scholten seventh.

The Canadian women were shutout of the individual medals this weekend but made up for it with a bronze in the 3,000 relay. The South Koreans won the gold in 4:21.069, China followed in 4:22.200 and Canada with Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., Tania Vicent of Montreal, Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., and Amanda Overland of Kitchener, Ont., were third in 4:22.820.

Earlier Sunday, the Canadians didn’t reach the finals in either the 1,000 and 3,000 which were won by world junior champion Chun-Sa Byun and world champion Eun-Kyung Choi respectively. In the 1,000 Goulet-Nadon, Overland and Anne Maltais of Montreal were eliminated in the quarterfinals for ninth, 13th and 16th respectively.

The final two World Cup events are in the new year in Europe.