Ottawa’s Nicholas Bean fourth at world junior short track speed skating championships

South Koreans won five of the six medals up for grabs while Nicholas Bean of Ottawa took fourth stop in the men’s 1,500 metres on Friday to open the world junior short track speed skating championships.

In the men’s 1,500, Jung-Su Lee, a triple medallist at last year’s world juniors, led the Koreans to a 1-2 finish with Woo-Chul Shin second and Viktor Knoch of Hungary third. Bean was the top Canadian reaching the seven-man final and placing fourth.

Maxime Fortin of Riviere-du-Loup, Que., was eliminated in the semifinal for 19th overall and Vincent Andre was ousted in the quarterfinals for 35th spot.

In the women’s 1,500, it was a Korean sweep with Shin-Young Yang first, Sae-Born Shin second and Seung-Hi Park third. Valerie Maltais of Saguenay, Que., was in the final and placed sixth.

Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa was eliminated in the semis for 16th overall and Valerie Lambert of Sherbrooke, Que., was ousted in the quarters for 19th.

Canada also advanced to the semifinals in both the men’s and women’s relays.

Competition continues through to Sunday.