Monette gives Canada 10th medal at 2003 Winter Universiades in Italy

Short Track Speed Skater Marc-André Monette (Montreal, QC) of Ahuntsic College ended the 2003 Winter Universiades in impressive fashion giving Canada its tenth medal of the Games.

Marc-André Monette (Montreal, QC) won his second silver medal of the Universiade (1500 M on Thursday) finishing in second position in the Men’s 3000-meter race. With a time of 5:29.762, he was barely edged by China’s Yunfeng Ma (5:29.575). Japan’s Yoshiharu Arino claimed third place in 5:29.881.

Monette’s silver brought Canada’s medal total to two Gold, five Silver and three Bronze. Men’s Short Track Speed Skating was by far the most productive of the Canadian teams with six of those podiums (1-4-1).

The ten medals represent Canada’s second best total ever at the Winter Universiades. The 1985 delegation had brought home 18 medals, 17 of which came in Short Track Speed Skating.

University of Calgary’s Andrew Lahey (Ottawa, ON), 5th of group, University of Calgary’s Daryl Rasmussen (Chilliwack, BC), 8th of group, and Concordia University’s Jeff Scholten (Fredericton, NB), disqualified, were all stopped in the semifinal round.

In the Women’s 3000 M, Université Laval’s Anne Maltais (Quebec City, QC) was the only Canadian to make it to the finals and ended up in 5th position with a time of 5:31.460. China’s Mile Zhu won Gold in 5:13.446, and was followed by Korea’s Hye-Kyung Kim (5:13.501) and Italy’s Marta Capurso (5:18.266).

Other Canadian results in this last Women’s Short Track individual event of the Games were:

- Kylee Toth, Mount Royal College (Vernon, BC), semifinals (5th of group)

- Mélanie Gagnon, Collège Rosemont (St-Jerome, QC), semifinals (7th of group)

- Raphaele Lemieux, Collège Maisonneuve (Rivière-du-Loup, QC), semifinals (did not finish)


Women’s 3000 M Relay


Unfortunately, Canada (Maltais, Gagnon, Lemieux, Toth) was disqualified in the finals of the Women’s 3000 M Relay. The event was won by Korea with a time of 4:27.046, the silver and bronze medals being awarded to China (4:27.106) and Japan (4:30.367).

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)