Two bronze medals for Canada at short track speed skating World Cup

Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., and Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal each won bronze medals Sunday to conclude the third stop on the short track speed skating World Cup circuit.

It was another strong performance for the Canadians this weekend with one gold, one silver and four bronze medals.

In the men’s 1,000-metre final, Jiajun Li of China earned a second gold this weekend clocking one minute and 28.964 seconds. Suk-Woo Song of South Korea was second in 1:29.065 while Turcotte was a close third in 1:29.075. Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal was also in the final and placed fourth in 1:29.125.

Turcotte, who had tough day Saturday falling in both the 500 final and the men’s relay semifinal. So he was glad to be on the podium even though he was in a position to place higher. He led the 1,000 most the race before he was passed by Li on the last lap and by Song at the finish line.

“The crowd was so loud that I never heard Li behind me,” said Turcotte, the bronze medallist in the 1,000 at the 2002 Olympics. “In fact I felt no one was close to me. I’m sort of kicking myself for not racing more defensively at the end. But overall I had a very solid race.”

Jean-François Monette of Pointe-aux Trembles, Que., was eliminated in the heats.

In the men’s 3,000 metres, Song took the gold in 4:53.144, world champion Hyun-Soo Ahn of South Korea was second in 4:53.270 and Guilmette added a bronze, his second medal this weekend, clocking 4:53.289. Monette, with two bronze this weekend, was fifth in 4:56.156 and Turcotte sixth in 4:58.126.

On the women’s side, the South Koreans delighted the 3,000 spectators that filled the venue with medal sweeps in both the 1,000 and 3,000 metres and gold in the 3,000 relay.

Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., the 500 winner on Saturday, was fourth in the 1,000 final while Tania Vicent of Montreal was fifth and Alanna Kraus of Abootsford, B.C., 13th. Goulet-Nadon was also fifth in the 3,000. The Canadian women’s relay with Goulet-Nadon, Vicent, Kraus and Amanda Overland of Kitchener, Ont., was fourth.

Eun-Kyung Choi of South Korea was the overall champion for the competition with Goulet-Nadon third, Kraus ninth and Vicent 10th. The Canadian women placed second as a team behind the Koreans.

Song took the men’s crown with Guilmette fourth, Monette fifth and Turcotte sixth. China, Italy and Canada were 1-2-3 in the men’s team standings.

The fourth World Cup is next weekend in Beijing.