Jean-François Monette wins bronze medal at short track speed skating World Cup

Jean-François Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., earned his third individual medal this season by placing third in the men’s 1,500 metres at the third stop on the short track speed skating World Cup circuit.

World champion Hyun-Soo Ahn led South Korea to a 1-2 finish clocking 2:22.686 with Suk-Woo Song second in 2:23.176 and Monette third in 2:23.451. It was the Canadian’s third individual World Cup medal this season.

"I wasn’t feeling well before the race and the ice conditions weren’t ideal," said Monette, who broke through internationally last season earning the World Cup 500-metre title. "So I’m happy to walk away with a bronze medal. I managed my race well and with better ice I think I could have placed at least second."

Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal and Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., were both disqualified in separate semifinals and finish 16th and 17th respectively.

In the women’s 1,500, world champion Eun-Kyung Choi of South Korea took the gold in 2:45.995. Wei Wang of China was second in 2:46.373 and her compatriot Meng Wang third in 2:46.415.

Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., and Tania Vicent of Montreal were all eliminated in semifinals and place eighth, ninth and 16th respectively.

In the men’s 5,000 relay, Canada won its heat to advance to the semifinals. The relay team members were Monette, Guilmette, Éric Bédard of Ste-Thècle, Que., and Jeff Scholten of Montreal.

Competition continues Saturday.