Mathieu Turcotte wins silver in fastest ever 1,500 metres at short track speed skating World Cup

Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., won the silver medal in the men’s 1,500 metres Friday in a race in which the top-three went under the world record at the second stop on the short track speed skating circuit.

World champion Hyun-Soo Ahn of South Korea, a 17-year-old wonderkid, took the gold and now holds the world record clocking two minutes and 10.639 seconds. Steve Robillard of Montreal held the previous world mark at 2:12.234 set last year in Calgary.

Turcotte, a double medallist at the 2002 Olympics, was a close second in 2:10.713 and Olympic champion Apolo Anton Ohno of the U.S., was third in 2:11.280.

"It was just an unbelievable race to be involved in," said Turcotte, who passed Ohno with two laps to go. "I didn’t really expect that, I thought there’d be much more strategy early on. But I’m pleased that I reacted well to the situation. I made the right moves at the right time and that was the key."

Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal and Éric Bédard of Ste-Thècle, Que., were eliminated in the semifinals and ranked ninth and 18th respectively.

The Koreans swept the medals in women’s 1,500 final. World champion Eun-Kyung Choi was the winner in 2:32.548, Chun-Sa Byun, the winner last weekend at the season opener in Calgary, second in 2:32.562 and Gi-Hyun Ko was third in 2:32.866.

Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., a triple World Cup champion last season, was fifth in 2:32.964. Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., was eliminated in the semifinal for 15th spot and Anne Maltais of Montreal bowed out in the preliminaries for 21st place.

Canada advanced to the semifinals in the men’s relay by winning its heat. The Canadian skaters were Guilmette, Bédard, Jeff Scholten of Fredericton and Jean-François Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que.