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Canadians Hamelin, St. Gelais take bronze medals at world short track championships

Charles Hamelin of Canada finishes third in the men's 1500m finals


Canadians Charles Hamelin and Marianne St. Gelais won bronze medals Friday in the 1,500 metres at the world short-track championships.

Hamelin, of Sainte-Julie, Que., had a time of two minutes 27.209 seconds. He was edged out on the last lap by South Korea`s Yun-Jae Kim, who took silver behind teammate Do Woon Sin.

"The day was good (but) the ice was not as good as I had expected," said Hamelin.

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"I thought I had the legs to win one. I had my place stolen by the Korean behind me with a little bump, so he took my spot and I finished third. I'm happy with my day and it leaves me in a good position for tomorrow and Sunday."

Sin won in 2:27.062 and Kim finished in 2:27.101.

It's Hamelin's second career bronze in the 1,500 at the world championships and he also has a silver in the event. In 10 years of competition at the worlds, he has won a total of four gold, six silver and five bronze medals at various distances.

St. Gelais, from St. Felicien, Que., took advantage of a two-skater spill that included teammate Valerie Maltais to move into third in 2:24.694.

"It's short track, we always expect something like that during a race," said St. Gelais. "It was my first A final in the 1,500 and I'm proud of what I did. I hope I'm going to have a medal in a better way."

Seung-Hi Park took gold in 2:23.634 and fellow South Korean Suk Hee Shim earned silver in 2:23.755. Maltais had to settle for fifth.

Michael Gilday of Yellowknife joined Hamelin in the final and finished in fifth with a time of 2:27.437. It was his first world championship race.

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Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que., who did not race in the 1,500 during the World Cup season, was 17th.

Marie-Eve Drolet of Laterriere, Que., was eliminated after finishing third in her quarter-final heat.

The Canadian women`s relay team finished second in the semifinals to advance to Sunday`s final. Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C., teamed up with Drolet, Maltais and St. Gelais for a time of 4:19.466. South Korea was first in 4:15.233.

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