Canada’s Charles Hamelin wins gold at short track speed skating World Cup

SALT LAKE CITY – Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., neared world record time as he won the gold medal on Saturday in the men’s 500-metres at the World Cup final in short track speed skating.

Hamelin posted the win in 41.205 seconds for his first individual World Cup win this season. World Cup leader Si-Bak Sung of South Korea was second in 41.226 and Satoru Terao of Japan third in 41.568. Steve Robillard of Montreal was eliminated in the quarterfinals for 12th overall.

Koreans were 1-2 in the men’s 1,500 final with Sung-Hoon Lee first and Ho-Suk Lee second. Marc-André Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., François Hamelin of Ste-Julie and Guillaume Bastille of Montreal were 1-2-3 in the B final and ranked seventh, eighth and ninth.

China posted a 1-2 finish in the women’s 500 with Meng Wang first and Nannan Zhao second. Tania Vicent of Montreal and Valérie Lambert of Sherbrooke, Que., were eliminated in the quarterfinals and ranked ninth and 16th respectively.

Yang Zhou of China took the women’s 1,500. Kalyna Roberge of Ste-Etienne-de-Lauzon, Que., won the B final for seventh overall with Amanda Overland of Montreal second (eighth overall) and Anne Maltais of Quebec City fourth (10th overall).

Canada qualified for both the men’s and women’s relay finals.

Competition ends Sunday.