Jeff Scholten wins silver in 500 at short track speed skating World Cup

Fredericton native and Montreal resident Jeff Scholten earned his first individual medal this season as he placed second in the men’s 500-metres Saturday at the fourth stop on the short track speed skating World Cup circuit.

Suk-Woo Song of South Korea took the gold in 42.477, Scholten, a former world record holder in the event, followed in 42.533 while Takafumi Nishitani of Japan was third in 42.629. Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal was also in the final placing fifth in 42.806.

"My blade hit another skater’s blade with less than two laps to go and that prevented me from achieving full speed," said Scholten, in his fourth season on the national team. "But still I’m happy with how I raced. I was getting anxious to get a medal after seeing the other guys have so much success this season."

Éric Bédard of Ste-Thècle, Que., was eliminated in the quarter finals and places 10th overall.

In the women’s 500, Meng Wang led China to a 1-2 finish clocking 44.658 with Tianyu Fu second in 44.734. World record holder Evgenia Radanova of Bulgaria was third in 44.744.

Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., was eliminated in the semifinals and places seventh, Amanda Overland of Kitchener, Ont., was bumped in the quarterfinals for 16th while Anne Maltais of Montreal didn’t get past the opening heats for 25th.

Canada reached the finals in both the men’s and women’s relays.

In the men’s 5,000 relay semifinal, Canada won its heat in a great battle with the U.S., clocking 6:54.220. Scholten, Guilmette, Jean-François Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., and Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., skated for Canada.

In the women’s 3,000 relay semifinal, Goulet-Nadon, Overland, Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., and Tania Vicent of Montreal were second in their heat behind China to advance.

Competition ends Sunday.