Robillard wins speed skating bronze

, Last Updated: 1:31 PM ET

SPISSKA NOVA VES, Slovakia (CP) -- Steve Robillard of Montreal won three bronze medals and the women's relay team claimed silver Saturday as Canada capped the short track speed skating World Cup season with its best meet of the year.

Using the same team that will compete at next month's world championships, Canada won one gold, three silver and six bronze overall at the three-day competition, the final of six events on the World Cup circuit.

Robillard medalled in the men's 1,000, 3,000 and 5,000 relay Saturday. The 20-year-old was also second in the 1,500 and 500 on Thursday and Friday.

"It's a very satisfying competition for me," said Robillard. "I was very consistent. I wasn't sure how many events I would race this weekend but I was glad to capitalize on my opportunities."

He clocked one minute 43.919 seconds in the men's 1,000 metres to finish behind winner Apolo Anton Ohno of the United States in 1:32.362 and South Korea's Hyun-Soo Ahn, second at 1:32.901.

In the 3,000, Robillard timed 5:15.731. South Korea's Hyun-Soo Ahn in 5:15.453 seconds while Ohno was second in 5:15.465.

He later teamed with Francois-Louis Tremblay of Boucherville, Que., Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., and Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., in the relay to finish in 6:52.327.

The United States won in 6:46.801 with South Korea second in 6:46.960.

The women's 3,000-metre relay team of Chantale Sevigny of Sherbrooke, Que., Amanda Overland of Cambridge, Ont., Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., and Anouk Leblanc-Boucher of Montreal was second in four minutes 20.491 seconds.

China won gold in 4:18.116 while South Korea was third in 4:20.695.

"We put a lot of work into the relay this weekend and we feel we got to know each other a lot better," said Kraus. "We got a bit lucky with the Koreans who fell but we won a hard battle with France thanks to some really good exchanges."

In the women's 1,000 meters, Sun-Yu Jin of South Korea won in 1:30.714 seconds ahead of countrywoman Soo-Yeon Yeo, who finished in 1:30.812. China's Yang Yang was third in 1:30.874.

Yeo won the women's 3,000 in 5:18.537 seconds, followed by Jin in second place in 5:26.294. Bulgaria's Evgenia Radanova clocked 5:27.470 for third.

Canada earned three World Cup titles in the final standings: top men's team; top men's relay team; and Turcotte in the men's 500.

Canada was also third in the women's relay standings and overall women's team rankings.

The Canadian team now team returns home to prepare for the worlds.


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