All the Canadian men advance directly to quarterfinals at short track speed skating World Cup

HEERENVEEN, the Netherlands- Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., won both his heats to lead Canada’s men’s team through Friday’s preliminaries and heats at the third stop on the short track speed skating World Cup circuit.

All the Canadian racers in men’s competition advanced directly to Saturday’s quarterfinal in the individual event. In addition, the Canadian men’s relay with Hamelin, François-Louis Tremblay of Montreal, Marc-André Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, and Mathieu Giroux of Montreal are headed to the semis after winning their opening round heat on Friday as well.

Canadians advancing to the quarterfinals in men’s competition are:

In the first 500: Hamelin, Steve Robillard of Montreal and Alex Boisvert-Lacroix of Sherbrooke, Que.

In the second 500: Monette, Boisvert-Lacroix and Tremblay.

In the 1,000: Hamelin, Giroux and Robillard.

In the 1,500: Monette, Tremblay and Giroux.

‘’I’m very pleased to finish my day with wins in all my races,’’ said Hamelin. ‘’I had some pretty tough opponents in some of the heats. In the relay we were fortunate to go in the second heat of the day. The ice really deteriorated after that and the following heats had some crashes.’’

Robillard won his 1,000 heat and was third in his 500 heat advancing thanks to a fast time.

‘’I reached my goal to avoid the repechage but it was close in the 500,’’ said Robillard. ‘’But I hope to be in better race shape tomorrow (Saturday). I’ve worked a lot on my race strategies coming into this competition and that’s what I focused on today. I’d really like to make finals.’’

On the women’s side Andrea Do-Duc of Montreal is headed to the repechage in the 1,500 and the second 500 while everyone else qualified straight to the quarters.

Advancing to the quarters for the women in the first 500 were: Kalyna Roberge of Ste-Etienne-de-Lauzon, Que., Anne Maltais of Quebec City and Valérie Lambert of Sherbrooke.

In the second 500: Lambert and Tania Vicent of Verchères, Que.

In the 1,000: Amanda Overland of Montreal, Maltais and Roberge.

And in the 1,500: Overland and Vicent.

‘’I had a very good day, I was happy with both my races,’’ said Overland second in her 1,500 heat. ‘’It was a bit of a struggle with the ice, but that was the same for everybody.’’

The Canadian women’s relay team was disqualified in its opening heat and eliminated. Canada actually finished second in the heat before it learned of its disqualification. ‘’We had a crash and fell way behind, so we were pleased with how we came back,’’ said Overland.