(ISN) – SALT LAKE CITY – Marianne St-Gelais of St-Félicien, Que., and Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., earned gold and silver on Saturday at the first stop on the ISU World Cup circuit in short track speed skating.
In the women’s 1000-m final, St-Gelais took the gold by a blink of an eye in 1:32.286 with Minjeong Choi of South Korea second in 1:32.339 and Kexin Fan of China third in 1:32.708.
”It feels really good to get the season off to a great start,” said St-Gelais, a three-time olympic medallist. ”My last two seasons were not satisfying and this shows that I’m back in the game. I got out of my comfort zone and really went for it.”
Kasandra Bradette of St-Félicien was eliminated in the quarterfinal and Courtney Shmyr of Langley, B.C., was ousted in the repechage semifinal.
Three Canadians were in the men’s 1500-m final. Da Woon Sin of South Korea took the gold medal in 2:17.635. Hamelin, a three-time Olympic champion, followed in 2:17.727 and Jung-Su Lee of South Korea was third in 2:17.850.
”Sin really played the trap well at the end of the race,” said Hamelin. ”I felt I had the legs and the energy to move up front on the last two turns. Still it was a good day for me and I managed my races well. I’m also pleased about three Canadians in a 1500 final, that’s something I’ve rarely seen happen in my career.”
Samuel Girard of Ferland-et-Boileau, Que., in his World Cup debut, was fifth in 2:18.123 and Guillaume Bastille of Rivière-du-Loup, Que., was sixth in 2:18.284.
”I’m very pleased, it went well,” said Girard. ”There are some errors I shouldn’t have made but still to make the final in my first World Cup is really special. I came to this World Cup with the objective to go as far as possible.”
In the women’s 1500-m B final, Valérie Maltais of Saguenay, Que., and Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, Que., were first and third for seventh and ninth overall.
In the men’s 1000-m, Patrick Duffy of Oakville, Ont., was fourth in the A final while Yoan Gauthier of Rivière-du-Loup was third in the B final for seventh overall. Samuel Bélanger-Marceau of St-Bruno-de-Montarville, Que., was eliminated in the repechage semifinal.
Canada advanced to the women’s A final in the 3000-m relay placing second in its semifinal heat with St-Gelais, Maltais, Bradette and Boutin. In the men’s 5000-m relay Canada is headed to the B final after placing third in its semifinal heat with Gauthier, Hamelin, Duffy and Girard.
Competition ends Sunday. The second stop on the World Cup circuit is November 14-16 in Montreal.
1000 m W
Marianne St-Gelais : gold medal (A Final)
Kasandra Bradette : eliminated in 1000-m quarterfinal
Courtney Shmyr : eliminated in 1000-m repechage semifinal
Patrick Duffy : 4th in A Final
Yoan Gauthier : 3rd in B Final
Samuel Bélanger-Marceau : eliminated in 1000-m repechage semifinal
Valérie Maltais : 1st in B Final
Kim Boutin : 3rd in B Final
Charles Hamelin : Silver (A Final)
Samuel Girard : 5th
Guillaume Bastille : 6th
Canada: 3rd in semifinal heat advance to B Final
Canada: 2nd in semifinal heat advance to A Final