Hamelin moves into men's short track 1,000m quarter-finals

2/13/2014 6:06:41 AM
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Charles Hamelin led three Canadians into the quarter-finals of the men's 1,000 metres Thursday at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi.

Hamelin, of Ste. Julie, Que, who won gold in the men's 1,500m on Monday, finished first in his heat with a time of one minute, 25.742 seconds.

There was an anxious moment for Hamelin, who nearly ran into Wenhao Liang as he passed his Chinese skater. But a review cleared Hamelin of interference, allowing the Canadian to move on.

Hamelin won three World Cup races in the 1,000m this season and is a two-time world silver medallist.

Charle Cournoyer of Boucherville, Que., (1:24.787) and Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que., (1:26.089) also qualified for the men's quarter-finals. Both won their respective heats.

Canada's historic total was increased to eight gold medals and 26 medals overall since the sport debuted in 1992 after Hamelin on Monday crossed first in the 1,500m.

Hamelin captured his third career gold, to go with a silver from 2006. Should the 29-year-old capture another medal in Sochi, and it's expected, he'll tie Marc Gagnon and Francois-Louis Tremblay for the most medals ever by a Canadian in the sport.

Charles Hamelin (Photo: The Canadian Press)


(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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