Golden day for Tremblay at short track speed skating World Cup

TURIN, Italy – François-Louis Tremblay of Montreal prevented a South Korean golden sweep in the men’s events this weekend with a victory in Sunday’s 500-metre race to conclude the fourth stop on the short track speed skating circuit.

Tremblay also helped Canada to silver in the men’s relay and Kalyna Roberge of Ste-Etienne-de-Lauzon, Que., added a bronze in the women’s 500m.

In the men’s 500m, Tremblay posted his second win and fourth medal at the distance this season clocking 42.052 seconds. Si-Bak Sung of South Korea retained the lead in the World Cup standings, finishing second in 42.313. J.P. Kepka of the U.S., was third while Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., was disqualified for cross tracking on a Sung passing attempt and placed fourth.

‘’I had a great day, everything went well,’’ said Tremblay. ‘’ I was able to do everything I wanted at the strategical and technical level. It was a tough field for the final and I had to really manage my race properly and deal with the changing ice condition. I really handled all that well today.’’

Alex Boisvert-Lacroix of Sherbrooke, Que., was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

In the men’s 5,000m relay, South Korea remained unbeaten this season on the World Cup with its fourth win in 6:55.133. Canada with Tremblay, Hamelin, Steve Robillard of Montreal, and Marc-André Monette of Pointe-aux Trembles, Que., was second in 6:56.015 and Italy third.

‘’The Koreans distanced themselves with two exchanges to go when one of their skaters nearly lost his balance,’’ said Speed Skating Canada’s short track director Yves Hamelin. ‘’François-Louis was extremely fast in the relay. He was flying on the ice. He was able to close the gap when necessary.’’

In the women’s 500m, Meng Wang led China to a 1-2 finish clocking 44.057 with Tian Yu Fu second in 44.185 and Roberge third in 45.020. It was Roberge’s second medal this weekend. She also took silver in the 1,500m Saturday.

Roberge was grumpy with her three Chinese rivals in the final who worked together to keep her at bay.

‘’I was charged and cross track right from the start,’’ said Roberge. ‘’I was pushed behind and I had to play catch up in the end. I was mad because I was prevented from having a proper race right from the start. I had a strategy in my head and I wound up not learning anything from this race.’’

The third Chinese racer in the 500m final Nannan Zhao was disqualified. Anne Maltais of Quebec City was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

In the women’s 1,500m, Eun-Ju Jung led South Korea to a 1-2 finish in 2:18.705 with Shin-Young Yang second in 2:18.851. Yang Zhou of China was third in 2:19.020 and Amanda Overland of Montreal fourth in 2:22.304.

Tania Vicent of Verchères, Que., and Andrea Do-Duc of Montreal were eliminated in the semis.

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

In the men’s 1,500m Hyun-Soo Ahn led South Korea to another 1-2 finish. Mathieu Giroux of Montreal won the B final for eighth place while Robillard and Monette were eliminated in the semis.