Marc-André Monette earns silver medals in 1500m at 2003 Winter Universiade in Piancavallo, Italy

Canada was expected to do well in Short Track Speed Skating and didn’t have to wait long for its first positive result. In the Men’s 1500 M, Collège Ahuntsic’s Marc-André Monette (Montreal, QC), won the silver medal in a time of 2:24.175, just behind winner Kyung-Taek Song of Korea (2:23.934). The bronze medal went to another Korean, Jae Kyung Lee (2:24.210).

Monette had started the day by finishing second of his group in both the quarterfinals and semifinals. Teammate Daryl Rasmussen (Chilliwack, BC) of the University of Calgary was the only other Canadian to make it to the semifinals, but was disqualified. Rasmussen had finished first of his group in the quarterfinals.

The other Canadian results were:

- Jeffrey Scholten, Concordia University (Fredericton, NB), quarterfinals (3rd of group)

- Andrew Lahey, University of Calgary (Ottawa, ON), quarterfinals (4th of group)

On the women’s side, no Canadian was able to qualify for the finals. Canada’s sole representative in the semi-finals was Collège Maisonneuve’s Raphaele Lemieux (Rivière-du-Loup, QC) who failed to make it to the final race finishing third of her group. In the quarterfinals, Lemieux was second of her group.

The event was won by China’s Xiaolei Chen (2:38.795), while the silver and bronze medals went to China’s Mile Zhu (2:38.916) and Italy’s Marta Capurso (2:39.046).

Other Canadian results were:

- Mélanie Gagnon, Collège Rosemont (St-Jerome, QC), quarterfinals (4th of group)

- Kylee Toth, Mount Royal College (Vernon, BC), quarterfinals (4th of group)

- Anne Maltais, Université Laval (Quebec City, QC), quarterfinals (5th of group)


Here is the Canadian speed skating team’s schedule for Friday, January 24:

- Women’s and Men’s 1000 M / Men’s 5000 M Relay


For more news and info about the 2003 Winter Universiade you can go to:

www.cisport.ca/wug/tarvisio2003 (CIS)

www.tarvisio2003.org (organizing committee)