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.