Two Canadians injured at short track speed skating worlds

Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal and Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., both suffered injuries on Sunday in 1,000 metre races at the world championships in short track speed skating.

Guilmette was the most seriously injured of the two. He was diagnosed with a stable compression fracture of the 11th vertebrae (middle back) and is expected to remain in hospital for up to a week. The 25-year-old double Olympic medallists from 2002, was injured in the 1,000-metre final when he tried to take the lead coming into a curve before the last lap.

Guilmette and Seung-Jae Lee of South Korea, the skater he was trying to pass, both went down. Guilmette crashed first into the boards and the Korean then slid into Guilmette. Lee was disqualified from the race. Guilmette was fitted with a neck brace and carried off on a stretcher.

Kraus crashed into the boards in her 1,000 quarterfinal after a Russian skater tried to pass her from the inside. The 26-year-old Canadian was taken to hospital for lower neck examination and released.

The accidents shook up the Canadian contingent enough that team did not to compete in the 3,000-metre and relays finals, the last events of the competition.

South Koreans Ahn Hyun-soo and Choi Eun-kyung defended their overall titles. South Korea won seven of the eight individual gold medals, three more than they earned at last year's worlds in Poland.

Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., finished fourth in the women’s 1,000 while Tania Vicent of Montreal was eliminated in the quarterfinal for 14th. In the men’s 1,000, Steve Robillard of Montreal and Jean-Francois Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., were eliminated in the semis for sixth and seventh respectively.

Canada ends the meet with two medals both won Friday in the 1,500. Guilmette took silver in the men’s race and Kraus the bronze in the women’s race.