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Canadian medal hopeful Hamelin out of 500m short track event

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The Canadian Press
2/18/2014 6:11:12 AM
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SOCHI, Russia -- Defending Olympic champion Charles Hamelin crashed in his qualification heat in men's 500-metre short track speed skating at the Sochi Olympics.

Hamelin won gold in the 500-metre event at the 2010 Vancouver Games and was a medal favourite at these Games.

He already earned gold in the 1,500 metres in Sochi and seemed poised to win three more medals.

However, Hamelin also crashed in the 1,000-metre event and Canada's men's 5,000-metre relay team failed to advance to the competition's final.

In the women's 1,000-metre, Marianne St-Gelais, of Saint-Felicien, Que., fell early on in her heat, finishing last and failing to qualify for the quarterfinals.

Charles Hamelin (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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