Jean-François Monette earns bronze in 1,500 at short track speed skating World Cup

It took the world champion and Olympic champion to beat Jean-François Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., on Friday as he won the bronze medal in the men’s 1,500-metres to open the fifth stop on the short track speed skating World Cup circuit.

World champion Hyun-Soo Ahn of South Korea won his fourth straight World Cup gold in the event clocking 2:20.136 with Apolo Anton Ohno of the U.S., the Olympic champion, second in 2:20.258 and Monette third in 2:20.473. It was Monette’s fifth medal this season on the circuit.

Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal also reached the final placing fifth in 2:21.219. Steve Robillard of Montreal, crowned Canadian champion last month, was eliminated in the semifinals for 19th overall. It is only the 19-year-old’s second career appearance at a World Cup event. The last time was four years ago.

In the women’s 1,500, world champion Eun-Kyung Choi of South Korea notched her third win in the event this season clocking 2:29.047. Marta Carpuso of Italy was second in 2:29.156 and Xiaolei Cheng of China third in 2:30.457.

Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., and Amanda Overland of Kitchener, Ont., were all eliminated in the semifinals and ranked seventh, 15th and 17th respectively.

In the men’s 5,000 relay, Canada won its heat to advance to the semifinals. Robillard, Monette, Éric Bédard of Ste-Thècle, Que., and Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., clocked 6:56.037 to edge the Italians.

Competition continues Saturday.