Tremblay fourth at short track speed skating World Cup

François-Louis Tremblay of Boucherville, Que., fell in the men’s 500-metre final Saturday at the season-opening World Cup short track speed skating competition and finished in fourth spot.

Hyun-Soo Ahn of South Korea earned his second gold in two days clocking 43.471 seconds. Yingbao Liu of China was second in 43.720 and Nicola Franceschina of Italy third in 43.802.

Tremblay was chasing Liu for the lead and with two laps to go, he passed Li but couldn’t keep his balance.

"It’s disappointing, I thought I had a chance to win the race," said Tremblay, a member of Canada’s Olympic champion relay squad last year. "But for this early in the season it was a good showing. I’m really trying to get the rust out this weekend."

Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., was eliminated in the semifinal and finished sixth overall while Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal, second in the event at the Olympics, was disqualified in his opening heat.

In the women’s 500, Min-Jin Joo of South Korea was the winner in 45.777. Her compatriot Chunlu Wang was second in 45.936 and Meng Wang of China was third in 45.971.

Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., and Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., were eliminated in the semifinals and place seventh and eighth respectively while Tania Vicent of Montreal was 13th.

The Canadian men’s relay qualified for the final finishing second to the Koreans in their semifinal heat. Racing for Canada were Guilmettte, Turcotte, Tremblay and Éric Bédard of St-Thècle, Que. The Canadian women qualified for their relay final on Friday.

Competition ends Sunday with the relay finals and the men’s and women’s 1,000 and 3,000 metres.



Saturday’s results at a World Cup short track speed skating competition at Chuncheon, South Korea:

MEN

500: 1. Hyun-Soo Ahn, South Korea, 43.471; 2. Yingbao Liu, China, 43.720; 3. Nicola Franceschina, Italy, 43.802; 4. François-Louis Tremblay, Boucherville, Que., 1:23.480.

Also: 6. Mathieu Turcotte, Sherbrooke, Que.; Jonathan Guilmette, Montreal, disqualified in heats.

WOMEN

500:1. Min-Jin Joo, South Korea, 45.777; 2. Chunlu Wang, South Korea, 45.936; 3. Meng Wang, China, 45.971.

Canadians:7. Alanna Kraus, Abbotsford, B.C.; Amélie Goulet-Nadon, Laval, Que.; 13. Tania Vicent, Montreal.