Montreal’s Lefrançois-Gauvreau third in 1,500 at short track speed skating world junior championships

Mathieu Lefrançois-Gauvreau of Montreal took third spot in the men’s 1,500-metres Sunday to conclude a good showing for Canada at the world junior championships in short track speed skating.

Lefrançois-Gauvreau and Anouk Leblanc-Boucher of Montreal, the 500-metre winner Saturday, both placed fourth overall in the men’s and women’s standings respectively.

In the men’s 1,500, Ki-Deok Kwon of South Korea was the winner clocking 2:17.956. His compatriot Ho-Suk Lee was second in 2:17.956 and Lefrançois-Gauvreau was third in 2:18.179. There are no medals awarded in the 1,500 final which is raced to finalize the overall standings.

The 19-year-old Lefrançois-Gauvreau, making his international debut this weekend, also reached the 1,000-metre final earlier in the day and placed fourth.

Lee, who also won two gold medals this weekend, held on to first place overall to successfully defend his world junior crown while Kwon took second. Lefrançois-Gauvreau was fourth overall, Malcolm Therrien of St-Romuald, Que., 14th and Mathieu Giroux of Montreal 15th.

“I never expected to finish as high in the overall standings and make two finals today,” said Gauvreau-Lefrançois, 11th overall after Saturday’s races. “I certainly didn’t do anything differently; I didn’t feel any additional pressure. I was here to gain some good experience.”

South Korea also dominated the women’s competition sweeping the top-three placings overall. Yun-Mi Kang took the 1,000 Sunday and earned first overall.

Eun-Ju Jung of South Korea won the 1,500 in world record time clocking 2:18.861 which eclipsed the 2:21.069 set by compatriot Eun-Kyung Choi at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Jung was second overall followed by He-Been Hur.

Leblanc-Boucher was fifth in the 1,500 and ninth in the 1,000 Sunday and finished fourth overall. Kalyna Roberge of Ste-Etienne-de-Lauzon was eighth overall and Émilie Nadeau-Benoit of Longueuil, Que., 16th. Roberge, also in her international debut, was fourth Saturday in the 500.

“I discovered this weekend that I can race at this level internationally,” said Leblanc-Boucher, 19. “I was especially pleased with my race tactics. I’m coming home with a positive feeling.”


Sunday’s leading results at the world junior short track speed skating championships in Beijing (all distances in metres):


MEN


1,000


1. Ki-Deok Kwon, South Korea, 1:28.682

2. Ho-Suk Lee, South Korea,1:28.794

3. Yuri Confortola, Italy, 1:28.876

4. Mathieu Lefrançois-Gauvreau, Montreal, 1:29.076.


Other Canadians


12. Mathieu Giroux, Montreal

16. Malcolm Therrien, St-Romuald, Que.


1,500


1. Ki-Deok Kwon, South Korea, 2:17.891

2. Ho-Suk Lee, South Korea, 2:17.956

3. Mathieu Lefrançois-Gauvreau, Montreal, 2:18.179

4. Jumpei Yoshizawa, Japan, 2 :18.510

5. Jon Eley, Britain, 2:18.585

6. Takahiro Fujimoto, Japan, 2:19.189

7. Yuri Confortola, Italy, 2:20.103

Baoku Sui, China, disqualified.


Overall (final)




1. Ho-Suk Lee, South Korea, 110 points

2. Ki-Deok Kwon, South Korea, 89

3. Jon Eley, Britain, 39

4. (tie) Mathieu Lefrançois-Gauvreau, Montreal,
and Jumpei Yoshizawa, Japan, 21

6. Yuri Confortola, Italy, 15

7. Takahiro Fujimoto, Japan, 11;

8. Baoku Sui, China, 8

9. Paul Hermann, Germany, 5

10. Liang Cui, China, 3


Other Canadians


14. Therrien

15. Giroux


WOMEN


1,000


1. Yun-Mi Kang, South Korea, 1:36.040

2. He-Been Hur, South Korea, 1:36.061

3. Tatiana Borodulina, Russia, 1:42.976

4. Eun-Ju Jung, South Korea, disqualified



Canadians


9. Anouk Leblanc-Boucher, Montreal

12. Émilie Nadeau-Benoit, Longueuil, Que.

16. Kalyna Roberge, Ste-Étienne-de-Lauzon, Que.


1,500


1. Eun-Ju Jung, South Korea, 2 :18.861

2. He-Been Hur, South Korea, 2 :18.907

3. Tatiana Borodulina, Russia, 2 :19.889

4. Yun-Mi Kang, South Korea, 2 :22.553

5. Anouk Leblanc-Boucher, Montreal, 2 :24.376

6. Katerina Novotna, Czech Republic, 2 :26.102



Overall (final)


1. Yun-Mi Kang, South Korea,, 76 points

2. Eun-Ju Jung, South Korea, 68

3. He-Been Hur, South Korea, 42

4. Anouk Leblanc-Boucher, Montreal, 39

5. Tatiana Borodulina, Russia, 34

6. Katerina Novotna, Czech Republic, 24

7. Linlin Su, China, 13

8. Kalyna Roberge, Ste-Étienne-de-Lauzon, Que., 8

9. Hio-Jung Kim, U.S., 5

10. Mile Zhu, China, 3


Other Canadian


16. Émilie Nadeau-Benoit, Longueuil, Que.