Turcotte wins bronze at short track speed skating World Cup

Olympic bronze medallist Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., finished third in the men’s 1,500-metres Friday to open the third stop on the short track speed skating World Cup circuit.

Apolo Anton Ohno of the U.S., took his first gold this season clocking two minutes and 20.034 seconds in the final. Hyun-Soo Ahn of South Korea was second in 2:20.100 and Turcotte, with his second individual bronze medal this season, was third in 2:20.228.

François-Louis Tremblay of Boucherville, Que., currently third in the overall World Cup standings, was disqualified in his semifinal and Jean-François Monette of Montreal was also eliminated in the semis.

In the women’s 1,500, Yang Yang (A) of China was the winner in 2:47.914. Evgenia Radanova of Bulgaria was second in 2:48.003 and Ha-Ri Cho of South Korea third in 2:48.039. Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., reached the final and was sixth.

Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., and Annie Perreault of Rock Forest, Que., were eliminated in the semifinals.

Canada qualified for the men’s and women’s relay semifinals as both foursomes won their respective heats.

Skating for the men were Monette, Tremblay, Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal and Éric Bédard of Ste-Thècle, Que., and for the women Goulet-Nadon, Kraus, Amanda Overland of Cambridge, Ont., and Tania Vicent of Montreal.

Competition continues Saturday with the men’s and women’s 500-metres and relay semifinals.