Three medals for Canada at short track speed skating World Cup

Jean-François Monette of Pointes-aux-Trembles, Que., and Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., both felt they squandered a chance for gold in silver medal performances Friday to open the fourth stop on the short track speed skating circuit.

In the men’s 1,500-metre final, Olympic champion Apolo Anton Ohno of the U.S., won the gold medal clocking two minutes and 20.348. Monette, who earned his first two World Cup medals last weekend, was passed by the American on the final stretch and was second in 2:20.531. Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal was third in 2:20.936 for his first medal this season.

"I couldn’t believe I was in the lead that late in the race and I think without even realizing it I started to slow down," said Monette, a member of the 2002 Olympic team. "If I had continued at the same pace I probably would have won. The 1,500 isn’t my best distance and I wasn’t even expecting to be in the final."

Éric Bédard of Ste-Thècle, Que., was eliminated in the quarterfinals for 16th place.

In the women’s 1,500, world record holder Eun-Kyung Choi of South Korea earned her sixth World Cup win this season clocking 2:27.449. Goulet-Nadon was second in 2:27.532 for her best-ever World Cup result. It was her second medal this season and she climbed to fourth in the event’s World Cup standings. Stéphanie Bouvier of France was third in 2:28.935.

"I could have won the race," said Goulet-Nadon, 19. "I was on the Koreans (Choi) tail for the last five laps. When I got off the ice I was really wondering whether I could have passed her, and I think the answer is yes. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that it was a great race for me."

Tania Vicent of Montreal was eliminated in the semifinal for seventh overall and Amanda Overland of Cambridge, Ont., was 21st.

Canada qualified for both the men’s women’s relay semifinals by winning their opening heats. The men’s team was comprised of Monette, Bédard, François-Louis Tremblay of Boucherville, Que., and Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que. The women’s relay team members were Overland, Vicent, Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., and Annie Perreault of Rock Forest, Que.

Competition continues Saturday.