Canada wins four medals at short track speed skating World Cup

KOBE, Japan – François-Louis Tremblay of Montreal won the silver medal in the men’s 500-metres then helped Canada to another silver in the men’s relay on Sunday to conclude the second stop on the short track speed skating World Cup circuit.

Amanda Overland of Montreal and Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., added bronze medals. Canada ended the weekend with five podium appearances.

In the men’s 500, Si-Bak Sung of South Korea slipped by Tremblay late in the race to snare the gold in 42.625 seconds. Tremblay was second in 42.675 for his third individual medal this season. Yoon-Gy Kwak of South Korea was third in 42.727.

‘’My strength is my speed and it was hard to go fast on this ice,’’ said Tremblay, who won the 500 last weekend in China. ‘’There are other elements you need to add to a race under these conditions. I just needed another half a lap but I couldn’t get the speed I needed at the end.’’

Alex Boisvert-Lacroix of Sherbrooke, Que., and Steve Robillard of Montreal were eliminated in the quarterfinals for 11th and 12th overall respectively.

In the men’s 5,000-metre relay, South Korea capitalized on some equipment problems for one of the Canadian skaters and took the gold in 6:56.496. The Canadians with Tremblay, Robillard, Marc-André Monette of Pointe-aux Trembles, Que., and Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., were second in 7:02.361. China was third in 7:09.154.

‘’Unfortunately one of our skaters (Robillard) had trouble with one of his blades,’’ said Tremblay. ‘’It was just a bit of bad luck. Still with three guys able to go fast we did extremely well and kept pace with the Koreans most of the way. It’s good to know we have that ability.’’

In the women’s 1,000, South Korea posted a 1-2 finish with Sun-Yu Jin first in 1:36.268. Shin-Young Yang was second in 1:36.293 and Overland captured Canada’s first individual medal in women’s competition this season placing third in 1:37.230. Andrea Do-Duc of Montreal was eliminated in the repechage.

‘’I’m very pleased with the medal,’’ said Overland. ‘’My best race of the day was in the semifinal. And in the final I really felt on it and ready. I tried to control the race as much as possible but the Koreans got me a little bit. Still, I stayed with it until the end.’’

In the men’s 1,000, South Korea was 1-2 again with Hyun-Soo Ahn the victor in 1:28.567 and Kyung-Take Song second in 1:29.020. Hamelin collected his second medal this weekend earning the bronze in 1:29.022.

Michael Gilday of Yellowknife and Marc-André Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., were second and third in the B final for sixth and seventh overall.

In the women’s 500, China took two of the three medals with Meng Wang earning the gold. Jessica Gregg of Edmonton and Anne Maltais of Quebec City were eliminated in the quarterfinals for 10th and 13th respectively.

In the women’s 3,000 relay, Canada won the B final for fifth overall with Gregg, Maltais, Overland and Do-Duc. China won the gold.