Three Medals For Canada To Finish Short Track Worlds

Canada’s men’s and women’s relay teams each won a silver medal and Jean-Francois Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que. collected a bronze in the 1,000m on the final day of competition at the world short track speed skating championships.

For the second consecutive year South Korea edged the Canadian men’s team to take gold in the 5,000m relay at the world championships. The race saw a number of lead changes, with the South Koreans capitalizing on a number of bad exchanges to edge the Canadians in a time of 6:55.975.

The Canadian team with Monette, Jonathan Guilmette, Montréal, Eric Bédard of Ste-Thècle, Que., and Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., took silver in 6:56.465 with China third in 6:57.052

In the women’s relay, China won the gold clocking 4:22.030. With the victory China reclaims the world championship title it lost to South Korea at last year’s worlds in Montreal.

Canada with Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., Tania Vicent of Laval, Que., and Annie Perreault of Rock Forest, Que. placed second in 4:22.653 improving over their third place finish from last year.
Bulgaria placed third.

In the 1,000m, JiaJun Li of China took the gold medal in 1:28.391, with Hyun-Soo Ahn of South Korea placing second in 1:28.450 and Monette in third with 1:28.510.

“It was a tough race,” said Monette, who was participating in his first world championships.

“I got myself into second position and tried to pass a few times but I didn’t want to get disqualified. Towards the end of the race I just wanted to hold on but the Koreans started passing inside and outside that’s when I lost my place in the last turn.”

It was not an easy race for Monette as he found himself in a field that included 3 Koreans and a Chinese skater following the disqualification of Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal in the semifinals. Guilmette’s disqualification allowed the advancement of Ahn into the finals.

“Instead of having two Canadians and one Korean in the finals we now had three Koreans and one Canadian”, explained Canadian national team coach Guy Thibault.

Hyun-Soo Ahn of South Korea with 89 points on the strength of two gold medals, a silver and a bronze at the championships claimed the overall champion on the men’s side. Second place went to JiaJun Li of China with 76 points and Suk-Woo Song of South Korea third at 52 points.

Monette was fifth with 28 points, Guilmette was eighth with eight and Scholten was ninth.

On the women’s side, Eun-Kyun Choi of South Korea claimed her first overall crown with 76 points followed in second by Yang Yang (A) with 68 and Min-Jee Kim third with 55.

In the women’s 1,000m, Evgenia Radanova of Bulgaria took gold medal in 1:31.594 with Eun-Kyun Choi of South Korea second in 1:31.709 and China’s Yang Yang (A) third in 1:31.784

Top Canadians were Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., was eliminated in the semifinals for 6th. Tania Vicent and Alanna Kraus, who were eliminated in the quarterfinals, placed 10th and 13th respectively.

In the women’s 3,000m, South Korea took all three places lead by Min-Jee Kim in 5:31.650 followed very closely by Eun-Kyung Choi in 5:31.660 and Ha-Ri Cho in 5:31.755.

Top Canadian was Amélie Goulet-Nadon in fifth position.