Canada wins two silver medals in relays at short track speed skating World Cup

Canada won silver medals in both the men’s 5,000-metre relay and the women’s 3,000 relay to conclude the first stop on the short track speed skating World Cup circuit.

In the men’s relay, South Korea won the gold medal in 6:54.483 under poor ice conditions. Canada with Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., Jean-Francois Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., and Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal clocked 6:56.144 for the silver and China was third in 6:59.124.

"We really set the rhythm of the race early on and I think the Koreans got more than they bargained for," said Guilmette. "Our guys didn’t have a great weekend in the individual races this weekend so this was a nice way to finish. We got some confidence heading into the next World Cup."

In the women’s relay, the Koreans earned more gold clocking 4:24.426. Canada with Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., Tania Vicent of Montreal, Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., and Amanda Overland of Cambridge, Ont., followed in 4:26.981. Japan was third in 4:27.512.

"We had some strong relays for the first half of the race," said Goulet-Nadon, still catching up on her fitness after missing some training this fall due to a back injury. "Then we started to make some errors and that’s when the Koreans got away on us. But we showed we’re gaining more and more ground on the relays."

Vicent also posted a fourth place finish in the women’s 3,000 metre for Canada’s best individual result of the day while Goulet-Nadon was seventh. In the women’s 1,000, Kraus was Canada’s best at 13th.

In the men’s 1,000, Robillard was eliminated in the semifinal for seventh spot.

The second stop on the World Cup starts this Friday in Beijing.