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Hamelin wins two medals in short-track speed skating World Cup event

Canada's Charles Hamelin (front) competes to win the men's 500m finals during the ISU Short Track World Cup speed skating competition in Shanghai September 28, 2013.


Charles Hamelin won a gold and a silver medal on Saturday at the first ISU short-track speedskating World Cup event of the season.

Hamelin, from Levis, Que., won gold in the 500-metre event in 40.803 seconds. Russia's Vladimir Grigorev was second (40.888), while American Eduardo Alvarez took bronze in 41.308.

South Korea's Jinkyu Noh took first in the 1500-metre race in two minutes 14.982 seconds. Hamelin was right behind him, earning silver in 2:14.998. Russia's Victor An was third (2:15.110).

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Francois Hamelin (2:22.598), Charles's brother, placed third in the 1500's Final B. Russia's Semen Elistratov won the event (2:22.232) with Japan's Ryosuke Sakazume placing second (2:22.523).

In women's competition, Valerie Maltais of La Baie, Que., placed second in the Final B of the 1500-metre race with a time of 2:36.617. China's Jianrou Li (2:36.553) and Xue Kong (2:36.905) took first and third respectively.

Marianne St-Gelais of Roberval, Que., won the bronze medal in the 500 metre's Final A in 43.715 seconds. China's Kexin Fan was first in 43.541 and South Korea's Seung-Hi Park took silver in 43.614.

Jessica Hewitt (2:23.422) of Kamloops, B.C., was fifth in the 1500-metre Final A. Korea's Suk Hee Shim won gold (2:21.511), followed by countryman Alang Kim (2:21.575) and Jorien Ter Mors of the Netherlands in 2:21.836.

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