Scholten Gold, Rasmussen Silver in Men’s Short Track Speed Skating at 2003 Winter Universiade In Italy

It was another great morning for Team Canada at the 2003 Winter Universiade in Italy as Short Track Speed Skaters Jeff Scholten (Fredericton, NB) and Daryl Rasmussen (Chilliwack, BC) gave the country its fifth and sixth medals of the Games with a gold and silver finish in the Men’s 500 meter race.

Scholten clocked a time of 42.102 seconds while Rasmussen finished with a time of 42.219 to edge China’s Lantian Liu (bronze medal, 42.523) and Baojian Wang (42.746).

With the victory, Scholten confirms is supremacy in the 500 meter event, as he is the world record holder on the distance. The two medals bring Team Canada’s total to six at the 2003 Winter Universiade, with Scholten’s Gold being the country’s second after the triumph in Men’s Curling on Thursday.

The two other Canadians also did well in the Men’s 500 M, University of Calgary’s Andrew Lahey (Ottawa, ON) made it to the semifinals (4th of group), while College Ahuntsic’s Marc-Andre Monette (Montreal, QC), silver medallist in the 1500 M, made it to the quarterfinals but was disqualified.

In the Women’s 500 M, Université Laval’s Anne Maltais (Quebec City, QC) was Team Canada’s best performer with a semifinals finish. With a time of 46.513 seconds, Maltais was third in her group in her final race, finishing behind eventual silver medallist Hye-Kyung Kim of Korea (46.259) and China’s Li Geng (46.484).

China’s Xialoei Cheng took the gold with Korea’s Hye-Kyung Kim and Da-Hye Jeon winning the silver and bronze medals respectively.

Other Canadian results were:

- Mélanie Gagnon, Collège Rosemont (St-Jerome, QC), quarterfinals (3rd of group)

- Kylee Toth, Mount Royal College (Vernon, BC), quarterfinals (3rd of group)

- Raphaele Lemieux, Collège Maisonneuve (Rivière-du-Loup, QC), 1/8 finals (4th of group)


Relay

In the Women’s 3000 M Relay, Canada qualified for Sunday’s finals finishing second of its group in the semifinal round with a time of 4:33.357. Japan was first in 4:31.175. China and Korea will join Canada and Japan in the finals.

In the Men’s 5000 M Relay, Canada easily qualified for the semifinals by winning its quarterfinals over Ukraine and Russia with a time of 7:12.605.


Here is the Canadian speed skating team’s schedule for Saturday, January 25:


Women’s and Men’s 1000 M / Men’s 5000 M Relay


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)