24th February 23:30
day1 - Results/Canadian highlights - World Short Track Speed Skating Championships
Friday, March 07, 2008
Meanwhile in Gangneung City, South Korea, it wasn't as
successful a day for Canada's short track speedskaters at
Kalyna Roberge of Ste-Etienne-de-Lauzon, Que., and
Marc-André Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., were the
top Canadians, placing fifth the women's 1,500-m and
sixth in the men's 1,500-m respectively.
China's Meng Wang won the women's 1,500-m 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 clocked
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.
"I didn't put any high expectations on myself,'' Monette,
27, said in a release. "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
Competition continues Saturday with the men's and women's
500 and the men's relay semifinals.