Canadians win 3 medals in short track
South Korea wins first relay gold of season
The Canadian men's relay team won silver at a short-track speedskating World Cup event in Shanghai, China on Sunday while Jessica Gregg and Olivier Jean added individual bronze medals.
South Korea won gold in the men's 5,000-metre relay for the first time this season with a time of six minutes 48.747 seconds.
The Canadian team of Jean, of Lachenaie, Que., Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., Michael Gilday of Yellowknife and Liam McFarlane of Medicine Hat, Alta., was second in 6:48.832.
Jean was pleased even though the team settled for silver.
"We were trying something different today," Jean said. "Our coach wanted us to learn to race from behind, so we remained third most of the race."
Gilday enjoyed the competition with world champion Lee Ho-Suk for the anchor leg.
"I hooked back to the front for a split second but he passed me right back," Gilday said. "We both shot to the line, but Ho-Suk is an amazing skater and he beat me. It was great getting to race him that way to finish the relay."
The Netherlands won bronze in 6:49.912.
Gregg, of Edmonton, finished third in the 500 metres for her first individual medal of the season. She missed the first two World Cup stops of the season while recovering from a concussion.
"I'm still getting back into shape," Gregg said. "But no matter how you are, if you race smart, you can do it. And I feel that's exactly what I did today. I had a good race pattern."
Zhao Nannan won gold in 45.049 seconds and Chinese teammate Liu Qiuhong won silver in 45.122.
Gregg took the bronze in 45.218.Jean won his first individual World Cup medal of the season in the men's 1,500 metres in 2:18.842. South Korea's Noh Jinkyu took the gold in 2:18.506 and Takamido Yuzo of Japan won silver in 2:18.825.
"There was a lot of action but I raced smart," Jean said.
Hamelin finished fourth in the 500 and McFarlane was ninth.
Marie-Eve Drolet of Laterriere, Que., suffered a concussion after she got tangled with Hungary's Bernadett Heidum in the women's 1,500 final. Both skaters crashed into the mats after their blades touched late in the race. Drolet finished sixth overall.
China won gold in the women's 3,000-metre relay. South Korea took silver and Italy won bronze. Canada was fourth.