Two gold, five medals for Canada at short track speed skating World Cup

Jeff Scholten of Fredericton and Amélie Goulet-Nadon of Laval, Que., were victorious in their respective 500-metre races Saturday to lead Canada to five of the six medals at the fifth stop on the short track speed skating World Cup circuit.

In the men’s 500, Scholten clocked 41.977 seconds for his first win this season. Jean-François Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., was second in 42.220 and Francois-Louis Tremblay of Boucherville, Que., was awarded third in 42.408 after American Apolo Anton Ohno was disqualified for impeding him.

Ohno, disqualified Friday night in a 1,500-meter semifinal race, got in Tremblay’s path when the ice gave a bit while he was trying to pass.

Scholten, who set the 500 world record of 41.514 seconds in October 2001, missed the last two World Cup seasons and the Salt Lake Olympics in part because of injuries. First he was stopped by mononucleosis after he set the world record, then by a broken ankle sustained at the Olympic Trials.

For Monette, a substitute on the Olympic team last year. It was his second silver this season and he moves into first spot in the 500 World Cup standings with 184 points. Tremblay is second at 182 , also with two medals this season.

In the women’s 500, Goulet-Nadon led from start to finish to notch her second victory this season clocking 44.184. Xia Lei Cheng of China was second in 44.219 while Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., won the bronze medal in 44.276.

``The big difference for me this season is my top speed,`` said Goulet-Nadon, 20, second in Friday’s 1,500. ``I’ve been training a lot with the men this year and I’ve gotten accustomed to skating very fast. Today I was worried about the Chinese skater because I didn’t know her that well. I got off the line very fast and I made sure that no one could pass me.``

Tania Vicent of Montreal was eliminated in the quarterfinal.

With the victory, Goulet-Nadon overtakes the lead in the 500 World Cup standings with 195 points. Evegenia Radanova of Bulgaria is second at 192 and Kraus, with two medals this season, is now third at 187.

Canada also qualified for the men’s 5,000-metre relay final by winning its semifinal heat. Canadian skaters were Monette, Tremblay, Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal and Frederic Blackburn of Montreal. The woen qualified for their relay final on Friday.

Competition ends Sunday.