More gold for emerging Goulet-Nadon at short track World Cup

Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., reached new heights this weekend at the short track speed skating World Cup capped by a second gold medal Sunday with a victory in the women’s 3,000 metres.

Also winning gold on Sunday was the Canadian men’s relay team. Canada ended the day with two gold, two silver and three bronze. For the weekend it was four gold, five silver and six bronze for half of the 30 medals up for grabs.

In the women’s 3,000 Goulet-Nadon was the winner in five minutes and 39.167 seconds with Wang Wei of China second in 5:39.620 and her compatriot Xiaolei Cheng third in 5:39.803. Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., was fourth and Tania Vicent of Montreal sixth.

The 20-year-old Goulet-Nadon has emerged as an international force this season. She also won gold in the 500 and Saturday and added silver in the 1,500 Friday and 1,000 on Sunday.

Goulet-Nadon was also named the top skater of the meet. This season she has three World Cup wins, currently leads the 500 World Cup standings and is second in the overall standings only one point behind leader Evgenia Radanova of Bulgaria.

In the women’s 1,000, Wei took the gold in 1:33.549, Goulet-Nadon was second in 1:33.749 while Vicent was third in 1:33.878 and Kraus fourth in 1:35.316. It was Vicent’s first medal this season.

Canada won the men’s relay final for the fourth time this season in five World Cups with Jeff Scholten of Fredericton, Jean-Francois Monette of Pointes-aux-Trembles, Que., François-Louis Tremblay of Boucherville, Que., and Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal finishing ahead of the U.S.

Scholten, competing at his first World Cup even this season, was the big revelation for the Canadian men this weekend. He added a silver medal in the 1,000 and was also fourth in the 3,000 on Sunday and was named the top male skater overall. On Saturday he won gold in the 500 and silver in the 1,500 on Friday.

Scholten, who set the 500 world record in October 2001, missed the last two World Cup seasons and the Salt Lake Olympics in part because of injuries. First he was stopped by mononucleosis after he set the world record, then by a broken ankle sustained at the Olympic Trials.

``I’ve always had the speed but I’ve really improved my race planning and race strategy,`` said Scholten. ``And another key is I’ve managed my stress level. It’s been a long time coming for me to have this success. This is a big confidence boost for me for the world team trials (next month).``

American star Apolo Anton Ohno rebounded from two disqualifications this weekend to win both the 1,000 and 3,000 on Sunday. Monette added a bronze in the 3,000 while Tremblay was third in the 1,000 and sixth in the 3,000.

Monette, a substitute on last year’s Olympic squad, is currently in the top three in the 500, 1,000 and 1,500 World Cup standings.

The World Cup champions for the 2002-2003 season will be decided next weekend at the sixth and final stop on the World Cup circuit February 14-16 in Saguenay, Quebec.