Two medals for Canada in men’s 1,500 at short track speed skating World Cup

Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., and Steve Robillard of Montreal earned silver and bronze medals respectively Friday in the men’s 1,500-metre to open the fourth stop on the short track speed skating World Cup circuit.

Apolo Anton Ohno of the U.S., took the gold medal clocking 2:20.285 for his sixth World Cup win this season. Turcotte was second in 2:20.376 and Robillard was third in 2:21.556. Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., was also in the final and placed sixth.

"I’m a bit disappointed not to win," said Turcotte, a medallist in five of his last six World Cup races. ‘"I didn’t gain enough speed at the end in my passing attempt. Still my preparation and training are very good right now and I’m having a lot of success."

For Robillard it was his first World Cup medal this season.

"I had two tough rounds before the final and I was feeling pretty tired," said Robillard. "So the medal is very satisfying. With three Canadians in the final it’s hard to predict what will happen, but we don’t want to affect the performances of one our teammates."

In the women’s 1,500, Wei Wang of China was the winner in 2:25.258 followed by Allison Baver of the U.S., second in 2:25.864 and Hyo-Jung Kim of the U.S., third in 2:26.151.

The three Canadian entries were eliminated in the semifinals with Tania Vicent of Montreal placing ninth, Amanda Overland of Cambridge, Ont., 14th and Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., 17th.

Vicent, who injured her leg at the team trials in Calgary last month, made her return to competition after missing last week’s World Cup in the U.S. "My leg didn’t bother me at all I just ran out of gas," said Vicent, the Canadian champion. "I only started training on ice again this week so I’m still feeling some fatigue."

Competition continues through to Sunday.