Jean leads Canadian short-track World Cup podium sweep
The Canadian short-track speedskating team capped an World Cup impressive weekend with a four-medal performance Sunday.
Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que., won gold in the men's 500 metres to lead a Canadian sweep of the podium. Jean finished in 41.080 seconds, just ahead of Liam McFarlane of Medicine Hat, Alta., (41.237) and Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que (41.251).
"This is our second podium sweep of the World Cup season. It goes to show the depth of the Canadian team," Jean said in a release.
McFarlane's silver was his first career World Cup medal. It was Canada's first World Cup medal sweep since Hamelin, Yellowknife's Michael Gilday and Jean won all three medals in a 1,000-metre race in Saguenay, Que., last October.
Canada added a fourth medal in the men's relay final Sunday.
Hamelin and Jean teamed with Guillaume Bastille of Riviere-du-Loup, Que., and Remi Beaulieu of Alma, Que., to finish first in six minutes 46.739 seconds.
"It was a good race from the start," Bastille said. "We followed the game plan of trying to stay in the lead. We controlled the race pretty well. There were a lot of falls, but we stayed out of trouble by staying out front."
South Korea was second in 6:50.704 and China was third in 6:50.848.
Marianne St. Gelais of St-Felicien, Que., settled for fourth in the women's 500 metres with a time of 45.240 seconds. Kexin Fan of China won gold in 45.013.
Italy's Arianna Fontana won silver in 45.088 and Qiuhong Liu of China took bronze in 45.158.
In a crowded 1,500-metre six-skater final, Marie-Eve Drolet of Laterriere, Que., was fifth in 2:28.135. Eun-Buyl Lee of South Korea won gold in 2:27.775.
Cho Ha-ri of South Korea took silver in 2:24.826 and American Lana Gehring won bronze in 2:25.980.
The Canadian team of Marie-Eve Drolet of Laterriere, Que., Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C., Valerie Maltais of La Baie, Que., and Caroline Truchon of Chicoutimi, Que., finished second in the women's relay race. However, they had to settle for a fourth-place result due to a penalty.
China won gold in 4:13.374. The United States was second in 4:14.127 and the Netherlands was third in 4:24.114.
Maltais won bronze a day earlier in the women's 1,500 metres.