Monette & Goulet-Nadon win 1,500 races at short track Canadian Open

Jean-François Monette of Pointe-aux Trembles, Que., won a wild men’s final while Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., dug deep for her victory in 1,500 metre races Friday at the Canadian Open short track speed skating championships.

The competition will also help determine Canada’s team for the world championships later this month.

In the men’s 1,500, three of the seven finalists went down and Monette emerged as the victor clocking 2:14.53. Andrew Lahey of Ottawa was a surprise silver medallist in 2:14.74 while Frederic Blackburn of Montreal, the double Olympic medallist from the 1992 Olympics, was third in 2:15.16.

‘’It was a fast race and a lot of skaters got tired at the end which caused the falls,’’ said Monette, who won the 500 World Cup crown this season and posted a personal best in the semifinal. ‘’I managed to escape all that. But I placed myself well and took advantage of my openings.’’

Some of the favourites such as Olympic medallists Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal, François-Louis Tremblay of Boucherville, Que., and Éric Bédard of Ste-Thècle, Que., didn’t reach the final.

In the women’s 1,500, Goulet-Nadon showed why she captured three World Cup titles this season winning convincingly in 2:24.97. Tania Vicent of Montreal was second in 2:26.14 and Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., third in 2:26.33.

‘’Physically I feel extremely tired,’’ said Goulet-Nadon, 20. ‘’We just finished the World Cup and now we have to come back for another very important competition. I’m having trouble to get the legs going. There’s a lot of stress because there is so much at stake and we have a deep field here.’’

Competition continues Saturday with the 500-metre races.


Friday’s results at the Canadian Open short track speed skating championships in Calgary:


Men

1,500: 1. Jean-François Monette, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., 2 :14.53; 2. Andrew Lahey, Ottawa, 2 :14.74; 3. Frédéric Blackburn, Montreal, 2 :15.16; 4. Mathieu Turcotte, Sherbrooke, Que., 2:25.38; 5. Charles Hamelin, Ste-Julie, Que., 2:27.86; 6. Jeff Scholten, Fredericton, 2:28.66; 7. Mathieu Giroux, Pointe-aux-Trembles, 2:35.22


Women

1,500 : 1. Amélie Goulet-Nadon, Laval, Que., 2 :24.97; 2. Tania Vicent, Montreal, 2 :26.14; 3. Alanna Kraus, Abbotsford, B.C., 2 :26.33; 4. Annie Perreault, Rock Forest, Que., 2:27.16; 5. Amanda Overland, Cambridge, Ont., 2:27.62; 6. Émilie Nadeau-Benoit, Montreal, 2:27.73.