Hamelin wins gold, Canada claims four medals at short-track World Cup


Canada's Charles Hamelin. (Graham Hughes/CP)

GANGNEUNG, Korea, Republic Of — Charles Hamelin won gold and Charle Cournoyer took bronze in a men’s 1,000-metre race as Canada claimed four medals Sunday at World Cup short-track speedskating stop.

Canadian men’s relay team collected a medal for the first time this season by earning silver, while the women’s relay team won bronze as Canada ended the two-day event with nine medals.

Hamelin, of Sainte-Julie, Que., and Cournoyer, of Boucherville, Que., became the third Canadian pair to share a podium over the weekend.

"Today was a good day for me because until then, I had gone through some tough moments since the team had arrived in Asia," Hamelin said. "I really wanted to give everything to find my way onto the podium, find some confidence and get some good vibes in this building before leaving, because the next time we will come here, it will probably be during the Olympics."

Russia’s Semion Elistratov took silver in the 1,000.

Hamelin and Cournoyer then teamed with Samuel Girard of Ferland-et-Boilleau, Que., and Montreal’s Pascal Dion to take the men’s relay silver. Francois Hamelin of Sainte-Julie skated in the competition’s previous rounds.

Hungary won gold and bronze went to the United States.

In the women’s relay, Canada earned bronze to come up with a podium finish for a third World Cup stage in a row. South Korea won gold, followed by the Netherlands.

The Canadian foursome was comprised of Marianne St-Gelais of Saint-Felicien, Que., Valerie Maltais of Saguenay, Que., Kasandra Bradette from Saint-Felicien and Kim Boutin from Sherbrooke, Que.

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