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Hewitt, Hamelin shine at Canadian short-track selections

The Canadian Press

3/9/2012 10:11:29 PM

CALGARY -- Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C., and Francois Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., both won the 1,500-metre race Friday at the Canadian national short-track team selections.

In the six-man A final, Hamelin won in a time of two minutes 21.350 seconds. Quebec's Remi Beaulieu of Alma, Que., was second (2:21.461) and Montreal's Maxime Gauthier was third (2:21.610).

In the women's A final, Hewitt won in a time of 2:35.087. Quebec skaters Kasandra Bradette of St. Felicien, Que., was second (2:35.095) and Montreal's Sabrina Bourgela was third (2:35.193).

The selections continue with the 500 metres on Saturday and 1,000 and Super 3,000 metres on Sunday. The relay will also take place on Sunday.

This competition, along with the Canadian Open Championships in January, will be used to compile the 2011-12 Canadian rankings and assist in determining the top 12 men and 12 women for the 2012-13 national and development teams.