Silver for Amélie Goulet-Nadon at short track speed skating World Cup

Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., earned her second medal this season on Saturday with silver in the women’s 500-metres at the second stop on the short track speed skating circuit.

Eighteen-year-old world champion Eun-Kyung Choi of South Korea passed Goulet-Nadon just at the finish to snare the gold in 44.496 seconds. Choi also took the 1,500 on Friday and has four wins this season.

Goulet-Nadon, a triple World Cup champion last season, led from the start setting a blistering pace but lost steam on the final lap to clock 44.546. World record holder Evgenia Radanova of Bulgaria took the bronze in 44.596 and Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., was also in the final placing fourth in 45.535.

"I went hard in the semifinal as well so I was actually surprised that I maintained a high speed for almost the entire final," said Goulet-Nadon, 20, third in the 500 last weekend at the season opener in Calgary. "It was a very positive race for me, I felt very strong. I never saw Choi at the end although I could feel myself slowing down."

Anne Maltais of Montreal was eliminated in the preliminaries and was ranked 26th.

In the men’s 500 final, Apolo Anton Ohno of the U.S., was the victor in 42.832 with Hyun-Soo Ahn of South Korea second in 42.946 and his compatriot Seung-Jae Lee third in 43.005.

Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbooke, Que., and Éric Bédard of Ste-Thècle, Que., were eliminated in the semifinals for eighth and ninth respectively while Olympic silver medallist Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal was eliminated in the heats and was ranked 17th.

Canada qualified for both the men’s and women’s relay finals placing second in its respective heats. Racing for the men were Bédard, Guilmette, Jeff Scholten of Montreal and Jean-François Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que.

For the women it was Goulet-Nadon, Kraus, Amanda Overland of Kitchener, Ont., and Tania Vicent of Montreal.

Competition ends Sunday.