World record for Scholten, wins for Goulet-Nadon & Guilmette

Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., and Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal were the victors in Saturday’s 500 metre races at the Canadian open short track speed skating championships.

Jeff Scholten of Fredericton also broke his world record in the men’s 500-metres in the early rounds.

In the men’s 500, Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal, the Olympic silver medallist, was the winner in 41.83 with Éric Bédard of Ste-Thècle, Que., second in 42.05, Darryl Rasmussen of Prince George, B.C., third in 42.28, François-Louis Tremblay of Boucherville, Que., fourth in 54.36. Scholten was also in the final but was disqualified.

Scholten broke his world mark in the quarterfinal clocking 41.28. His previous mark was at 41.51 set in 2001.

In the men’s overall standings, Jean-François Monette of Pointe-aux Trembles, Que., is first at 1,130 points, Guilmette second at 1,086 and Bédard third at 1,012.

In the women’s 500, Goulet-Nadon, a triple World Cup champion this season, clocked 44.31 seconds for the victory. 1998 Olympic champion Annie Perreault of Rock Forest, Que., was second in 44.77, Tania Vicent of Montreal third in 44.83 and Anne Maltais of Quebec City fourth in 44.84.

Goulet-Nadon leads overall with a perfect 2,000 points, Vicent is second at 1,482 and Perreault third at 1,359.

The competition will also help determine the team for the world championships later this month.

Competition ends Sunday with the 1,000 and 3,000 metre races at the Olympic Oval beginning at 8:30 a.m.