Canada bounced from medals at short track speed skating worlds

Canada was shutout of the medals and involved in some disputed races on Saturday in the men’s and women’s 500 metres at the world championships in short track speed skating.

In the men’s 500, Suk-Woo Song of South Korea took the gold medal clocking 42.599 seconds. Hoanan Li of China was second in 42.667 and his compatriot Ye Li third in 43.420.

Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal, second in the 1,500 on Friday, and Jean-Francois Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., were eliminated in the semifinals for sixth and seventh respectively. Both Canadians were involved in controversial semis.

Guilmette had one false start then on the re-start there was early movement again but this time it wasn’t called back.

“I felt there was an illegal start on the re-start in my semi,” said Guilmette. “So I was sort of left standing at the line for just a split second. But in a 500 world championship final when you get off fourth at the line it’s pretty hard to catch up. The only solace for me is that the 500 hasn’t been that great for me this season.”

Monette actually crossed the finish line first in his semi but he was blamed when Hoanan Li fell near the final and the Canadian was disqualified. ‘’I was robbed,’’ said Monette, disappointed the officials didn’t consult a video replay before making a final decision.

Steve Robillard of Montreal was disqualified in the second round.

Guilmette is currently tied for third in the overall standings- which is the big prize at this competition- after two of four distances at 21 points. Song leads with 47 points and his compatriot Hyun-Soo Ahn, the defending overall champion, is second at 34.

“I’ve got the 1,000 and 3,000 on Sunday which have been two of my best distances this year,” said Guilmette, a double Olympic medallist in 2002. “I think I have to approach the races with a lot of patience. Obviously with two Koreans ahead of me they’re in control right now. It’ll be a challenge to finish ahead of them.”

In the women’s 500, Meng Wang of China was the winner in 45.332, Marta Carpuso of Italy second in 45.482 and Eun-Kyung Choi of South Korea third in 45.516.

Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., third in the 1,500 on Friday, was eliminated in the semifinal for seventh. Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., and Tania Vicent of Montreal were eliminated in the first round.

Kraus is fourth in the overall standings.

The news was better for Canada in the relays as both the men and women qualified for the finals. The men with Robillard, Guilmette, Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., and Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., were first in their semifinal heat.

The Canadian women were second in their semi to also advance. The Canadians were Kraus, Goulet-Nadon, Vicent and Anouk Leblanc-Boucher of Montreal.

Competition ends Sunday.