NEWS: Canadians take to the podium at ISU Short Track World Cup in Saguenay, Que.

Audio (MP3) : Marianne St-Gelais, Olivier Jean, Charles Hamelin, Valerie Maltais, Caroline Truchon Jean and St. Gelais win gold and Charles Hamelin takes silver SAGUENAY, Que. – On Day 2 of the ISU World Cup (results web site) in Saguenay, Que., Speed Skating Canada’s short track team took three medals in the 500-metre races. Marianne St. Gelais of St. Félicien, Que., and Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que., won gold, while Charles Hamelin from Sainte-Julie, Que., earned the silver medal. Hamelin, winner of Canada’s first gold medal of the season in the 1,500-metre in Salt Lake City, Utah, last weekend, was edged out in the final by Jean, who was competing in his first World Cup this season. St. Gelais won her second gold in the 500 metres, having taken the title in Salt Lake City, by beating Martina Valcepina of Italy in second and Qiuhong Liu of China. Other Canadians in the 500-metre saw Caroline Truchon of Chicoutimi, Que., place eighth overall and Gabrielle Waddell of Red Deer, Alta., was ninth after winning the C final. On the men’s side, François-Louis Tremblay from Alma, Que., finished seventh overall. In the 1,500-metre women’s race, Valerie Maltais of La Baie, Que., finished fourth. Arianna Fontana of Italy took the gold. Marie-Ève Drolet of Laterrière, Que., won the B final to place ninth and Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C., was 13th. For the men, François Hamelin from Sainte-Julie, Que., won the B final to finish ninth and Michael Gilday of Yellowknife was 21st. The men’s and women’s relay teams qualified for the Sunday’s final. Gilday, Jean, Tremblay and Charles Hamelin skated for the men. Drolet, Maltais, St. Gelais and Truchon made up the women’s team. On Sunday, there will be the 1,000-metre and second 500-metre races, as well as the relay finals. With today’s medals, the World Cup Podium Tracker by Intact Insurance is now up to $8,000 (4 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze). Intact Insurance will award $1,000 in cash and prizes to a local speed skating club with each medal win. Last season, Intact Insurance awarded more than $50,000 in cash and prizes. - end -

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