Charles Hamelin wins bronze in 1500m at short track world champs

Charles Hamelin wins bronze in 1500m at short track world champs

Charles Hamelin won a bronze medal in the men’s 1500m, with Saturday’s finals complete at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Moscow, Russia.

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The 1500m final was incredibly close.

Semen Elistratov of Russia won, followed by Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands. The podium spots were decided by blade-thin margins, with 21 1/1000ths of a second separating winner Elistratov and Canada’s Hamelin.

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With the bronze, Hamelin collects 13 points counting to the overall title. He won the 1500m at last year’s Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Hamelin has never won a world title and has made it clear he wants to do so this weekend.

Hamelin fell in the 500m semifinal later on Saturday, then finished second in the B Final for another three points. After the individual 500m and 1500m Hamelin sits fifth overall with 16 points. Russian Semen Elistratov leads the way with 36 points. There is still the 1000m on Sunday, and if Hamelin remains top eight he’ll qualify for the 3000m Super Final.

On the women’s side, world champs rookie Kim Boutin was the only Canadian woman to qualify for the 1500m final. The 20-year-old finished 7th in the 1500m final. Olympic veteran Marianne St-Gelais won the B Final. Later, both Kasandra Bradette and St-Gelais were kept out of the 500m A Final, they were third and second respectively in the B Final.

Neither Canadian relay team, men’s or women’s made it through to the A Final on Sunday.

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