Guilmette gets gold, two more World Cup crowns for Canada in short track speed skating

Olympic silver medallist Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal won the gold medal in the men’s 500-metres Saturday to cap another big day for Canada at the short track speed skating World Cup final.

Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., earned her second World Cup season title while Jean-François Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., was crowned the men’s overall champion in the 500.

Guilmette took the 500 final in 43.330 seconds as he made an inside move on American star Apolo Anton Ohno of the U.S., on the final turn to gain the lead. Ohno settled for second in 43.412 and Seung-Jae Lee of South Korea was third in 43.448. Jeff Scholten of Fredericton, the World Cup 500 winner last week in Kearns, Utah, reached the final but was disqualified.

``Ohno didn’t go all out at the start and was being very defensive,`` said Guilmette, a bronze medallist Friday in the 1,500. ``I also made sure not turn on the machine at the start and I was able to get by him at the end. With the world championships the next goal, it`s a great way to finish the World Cup season.``

François-Louis Tremblay of Boucherville, Que., was eliminated in the quarterfinal and finished 15th overall which prevented him from finishing first in the 500 World Cup standings.

Monette, despite not racing the event, took the season crown with 184 points. He posted two silver medal performances to highlight his 500 World Cup season. The four best results this season from the six World Cups counted towards the final total.

Tremblay finished second overall at 182 and Hyun-Soo Ahn of South Korea was third at 179.

In the women’s 500, China swept the medals with Meng Wang first at 45.792, Tianyu Fu second at 45.850 and Chunlu Wang third at 45.930. Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., was also in the final and placed fourth in 46.021.

``I was in tough against three Chinese,`` said Kraus. `` I got off the line fourth so all I could hope for was one of them to make a mistake. And that didn`t happen.``

Amanda Overland of Cambridge, Ont., was eliminated in the quarterfinal for 16th spot and Goulet-Nadon, crowned the 1,500 World Cup champion Friday, was ousted in the heats and finished 21st.

But Goulet-Nadon had a stranglehold in the 500 World Cup standings with four strong results and placed first with 195 points. Her highlights in the 500 this season included two wins and a third place finish. Evgenia Radanova of Bulgaria was second at 192 and Kraus, with two medal performances this winter, was third at 190.

``My goal at the start of the year was to be more consistent,`` said Goulet-Nadon. `` I never thought about winning a World Cup title. It’s a great thrill.``

Canada also qualified for both the men’s and women’s relay finals by winning their respective semifinals. Racing for the men were Tremblay, Guilmette, Monette and Frédéric Blackburn of Montreal. For the women it was Kraus, Goulet-Nadon, Anne Maltais of Montreal and Tania Vicent of Montreal.

Competition ends Sunday.


Saturday’s results at the short track speed skating World Cup final (all distances in metres):


500: 1. Jonathan Guilmette, Montreal, 43.330; 2. Apolo Anton Ohno, U.S., 43.412; 3. Seung-Jae Lee, South Korea, 43.4487; 4. Jeff Scholten, Fredericton disqualified.

Also: 15. François-Louis Tremblay, Boucherville, Que.


500 : 1. Meng Wang, China, 45.792; 2. Tianyu Fu, China, 45.850; 3. Chunlu Wang, China, 45.930; 4. Alanna Kraus, Abbotsford, B.C., 46.021.

Also: 16. Amanda Overland, Cambridge, Ont.; 21. Amélie Goulet-Nadon, Laval, Que.



500 :1. Jean-François Monette, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., 184 points; 2. François-Louis Tremblay, Boucherville, Que., 182; 3. Hyun-Soo Ahn, South Korea, 179.


500 : 1. Goulet-Nadon, 195; Evegenia Radanova, Bulgaria, 192; 3. Kraus, 190.