Big medal haul for Canada at short track speed skating World Cup

Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., made three trips to the podium Sunday to highlight a six-medal haul for Canada to conclude the second stop on the World Cup short track speed skating circuit.

It was another big weekend for the South Koreans who won gold in nine of the 10 events.

In the women’s 1,000, Eun-Kyung Choi of South Korea earned her third win this weekend clocking one minute and 34.819 seconds. Goulet-Nadon, 20, followed in second at 1:35.085 while Meng Wang of China was third at 1:35.371.

In the women’s 3,000, Chun-Sa Byun of South Korea denied Choi a clean gold medal sweep finishing first in 5:48.603, Goulet-Nadon snuck into second in 5:48.736 and Choi took third in 5:48.750. Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., was sixth in 5:50.938.

"I’m very pleased with my progression so far this season," said Goulet-Nadon, a triple World Cup champion last season who suffered a knee injury last month which slowed her preparation for the World Cups.

"I felt much better than last weekend in Calgary. In the 3,000, I was able to capitalize on a mistake by Choi at the end and get second which was a big result for me."

In the women’s 3,000 relay, the Koreans prevailed in 4:16.538 with China in second in 4:16.686 and the Canadians third in 4:18.683. The Canadian skaters were Goulet-Nadon, Kraus, Amanda Overland of Kitchener, Ont., and Tania Vicent of Montreal.

Choi placed first in the meet’s overall standings with 115 points followed by Goulet-Nadon second at 68. Kraus was sixth and Anne Maltais of Montreal 16th. Goulet-Nadon was also second in the 500 Saturday.

The Canadian men were also busy earning two silver medals and a bronze.

In the 5,000 relay, South Korea snared the gold 6:48.598 gaining the lead from Canada in the last couple of laps. Canada, which led for a large part of the race, was second in 6:48.795 and China third in 6:48.864. Racing for Canada was Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal, Éric Bédard of Ste-Thècle, Que., Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., and Jean-François Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que.

"The relays this year have been very fast, almost like a sprint from the start," said Guilmette, a member of Canada’s Olympic champion relay squad in 2002. "A lot has to do with the great ice we’ve had here and in Calgary. But it certainly changes the strategy. You want to get to the front as early as possible and be in control."

Turcotte earned a third medal this weekend placing second in the men’s 3,000. Seung-Jae Lee of South Korea won the race in 5:04.309, Turcotte clocked 5:04.458 and Rusty Smith of the U.S, was third in 5:05.239. Bédard was fourth in 5:06.132.

Bédard was also third in the 1,000 behind Hyun-Soo Ahn of South Korea and Lee, the gold and silver medalists respectively.

Ahn won the overall title for the meet, Lee was second and Apolo Anton Ohno of the U.S., the 500 winner Saturday, third. Turcotte, also second in the 1,500 Friday, was fourth, Bédard sixth and Guilmette ninth.

The World Cup season resumes November 28-30 in Jeonju City, South Korea.