Canada advances to finals in men’s & women’s relays at world junior short track speed skating championships

Canada advanced to the finals in both the men’s and women’s relays on Saturday at the world junior short track speed skating championships.

In the women’s 2,000-metre relay, Canada won its semifinal heat clocking two minutes and 57.13 seconds with Valerie Lambert of Sherbrooke, Que., Valerie Maltais of Saguenay, Que., and Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa. Hungary was second in 2:57.493 to also advance.

The Canadians and Hungarians will face South Korea and China in Sunday’s final after those nations finished 1-2 respectively in the other semi.

In the men’s 2,000-metre relay, South Korea edged Canada in one the semis clocking 2:46.936 while the Canadians with Nicholas Bean of Ottawa, Maxime Fortin of Riviere-du-Loup, Que., and Vincent Andre of Ahuntsic, Que., were second in 2:47.009.

France and the U.S., were 1-2 in the other semi to also advance to Sunday’s final.

In individual competition, Sae-Bom Shin of South Korea won the women’s 500-metre gold in 45.416 seconds with Nannan Zhao of China second in 45.533 and Ekaterina Belova of Russia third in 46.518.

Lambert reached the semis and was eighth overall. Blondin was 12th and Maltais 18th.

In the men’s 500, Jiguang Wei of China was the winner in 42.589 with Jeff Simon of the U.S., second in 42.593 and Woo-Chui Shin of South Korea third in 42.978.

Bean reached the quarters and placed 10th overall with Vincent 19th and Fortin 28th.

Competition ends Sunday.