Silver & bronze for Canada at short track speed skating World Cup

Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., and Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que., won silver and bronze medals respectively on Saturday in the men’s 1,000 metres at the second stop on the short track speed skating World Cup circuit.

Lee Ho-Suk of South Korea took the gold medal in one minute and 30.579 seconds passing Jean and Hamelin with a lap and a half to go. Hamelin was second in 1:30.645 and Jean third in 1:31.270. It was a second individual World Cup medal for both Hamelin and Jean this season.

"I was really pleased with my race but I thought I was going to win it," said Hamelin, who took a lead with four laps to go. "I probably should have changed my strategy against Lee but I got a little apprehensive in the race. It’s something I’m continuing to work on because I’ve geared my preparation towards being able to beat the Koreans."

Jean, in his rookie season on the World Cup circuit, also thought he could have fared a better.

"It was a good result for me but there are many facets of my racing I still need to improve," said Jean. "The Chinese and Koreans are very strong and skate in a different way than we do. You really need to analyze their strategies and learn ways to expend less energy when you race against them."

François-Louis Tremblay of Montreal won the B final for fifth place overall.

In the men’s 1,500, Hyun-Soo Ahn led South Korea to a medal sweep while Steve Robillard of Montreal was fifth in the final. Marc-André Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., and Mathieu Giroux of Montreal were 1-2 in the B final for seventh and eighth overall.

Canada advanced to the final in the men’s 5,000-metre relay beating South Korea by four seconds to win its semifinal heat. The Canadian skaters were Hamelin, Robillard, Monette and Jean.

In women’s competition, Kalyna Roberge of Ste-Etienne-de-Lauzon, Que., Nita Avrith of Montreal and Raphaele Lemieux of Riviere-du-Loup, Que., were first, fourth and fifth in 1,500 B final for sixth, ninth and 10th overall.

In the 1,000, Anouk Leblanc-Boucher of Montreal and Amanda Overland of Kitchener, Ont., were third and fourth in the B final for sixth and seventh overall. Anne Maltais of Quebec City was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Canada was disqualified in its women’s 3,000 relay semifinal with Leblanc-Boucher, Avrith, Overland and Roberge.

Competition ends Sunday.