Goulet-Nadon & Scholten win silver at short track World Cup

Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., and Jeff Scholten of Fredericton each won silver medals in their respective 1,500 races Friday at the fifth of sixth stops on the short track speed skating World Cup circuit.

In the women’s 1,500, Wei Wang of China took the gold medal in 2:30.143 with Goulet-Nadon second in 2:30.260 and Nina Evteeva of Russia third in 2:30.289.

Alanna Krauss of Abbotsford, B.C., also reached the six-woman final and was fifth in 2:30.366. Tania Vicent of Montreal was eliminated in the semifinal for eighth overall.

In the 1,500 women’s World Cup standings, Goulet-Nadon, with two silvers this season, is in third spot with 187 points only three behind leader Ha-ri Cho of South Korea and two back of Evgenia Radanova of Bulgaria. South Korea and Bulgaria skipped this weekend’s meet.

In the men’s 1,500, Baoku Sui of China took the gold in 2:20.691. Scholten, racing for the first time this season on the World Cup, was second in 2:20.893 while François-Louis Tremblay of Boucherville, Que., was third in 2:20.984.

Jean-François Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., was disqualified in the men’s semifinal for 14th overall. He remains third in the 1,500 World Cup standings at 174 points, seven ahead of Tremblay in fourth.

Canada qualified for the women’s 3,000-metre relay final placing second in its semifinal heat behind Russia. Skating for Canada were Goulet-Nadon, Kraus, Anne Maltais of Montreal and Amanda Overland of Cambridge, Ont.

The Canadian men’s relay advanced to the semifinal by winning its heat with Monette, Scholten, Frédéric Blackburn and Jonathan Guilmette, both of Montreal.

The top Chinese skaters as well as the South Korean and Japanese squads are notable absentees. They are competing at the Winter Asian Games in Japan this week.

Competition continues Saturday with the men’s and women’s 500 and the men’s relay semifinal.