Roberge & Monette top Canadians at short track speed skating worlds

GANGNEUNG CITY, South Korea – Kalyna Roberge of Ste-Etienne-de-Lauzon, Que., and Marc-André Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., were the top Canadians Friday at the world championships in short track speed skating.

Marc-André Monette, Photo: Simon Pichette
In the women’s 1,500 final, Meng Wang of China was the victor in 2:22.819, Shin-Young Yang of South Korea was second in 2:22.904 and Yang Zhou of China third in 2:23.191. Roberge took fifth spot in the final in 2:23.960.

‘’Kalyna had an excellent final,’’ said Yves Hamelin, Speed Skating Canada’s short track program director. ‘’It was a very fast race and Kalyna just missed the medal.’’

Amanda Overland of Montreal was eliminated in the semifinal for eighth overall and Tania Vicent of Verchères, Que., was ousted in the quarterfinals for 22nd.

Kyung-Taek Song led South Korea to a 1-2 finish in the men’s 1,500 clocking 2:18.916, Ho-Suk Lee was second in 2:18.971 and Charles Ryan Leveille of the U.S., third in 2:19.066. Monette clocked sixth in 2:19.952. These are the first worlds Monette is racing the individual events

‘’I didn’t put any high expectations on myself,’’ said Monette, 27. ‘’But I felt based on my World Cup results this season I could make the final. To make a final on the first day is very satisfying.’’

Monette was still catching his breath when he stepped on the ice for the final.

‘’I tried to place my well for the end of the race to go for a medal,’’ he said. ‘’But I lacked a bit energy of the end. My previous semifinal heat was very fast and I had less than 15 minutes to recover for the final. I didn’t have time to prepare myself the way I would have wanted.’’

François Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., was disqualified in the semifinal for 21st. Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, a quadruple medallist at last year’s worlds, was disqualified in the opening heat.

Canada advanced to the final in the women’s 3,000 relay finishing second in its heat with Vicent, Roberge, Overland and Anne Maltais of Quebec City.

Competition continues Saturday with the men’s and women’s 500 and the men’s relay semifinals.