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Canada takes top spots in 500m at short-track championships

The Associated Press

3/10/2012 9:36:43 AM

SHANGHAI, China -- Olivier Jean of Canada won gold in the men's 500-meter race on Saturday at the world short-track speedskating championships.

Jean won in a time of 41.077 seconds while teammate Charles Hamelin was second in 41.186. South Korean skater Kwak Yoon-gy took third place with a time of 41.479.

China's Fan Kexin won the women's 500-meter race with a time of 44.438, .29 seconds ahead of Italy's Arianna Fontana. Lana Gehring of the United States was third in 44.815 seconds.

Six championship races will be held Sunday when the 1,000- and 3,000-meter men's and women's races and relays over 3,000 metres for women and 5,000 for men take place.