Canada wins silver & bronze to conclude world junior short track speed skating championships

François Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., helped Canada to a silver medal in the men’s 2,000-metre relay and added a bronze in the 1,000 metres on Sunday to conclude the world junior short track speed skating championships.

In the men’s relay, France won the gold medal clocking two minutes and 49.038 seconds edging the Canadians in second at 2:49.501. Hamelin was joined by Joel Mineau of Longueuil, Que., and Nicholas Bean of Ottawa.

In the men’s 1,000, Maxime Chataignier of France was the winner in 1:28.932 with Jung-Su Lee of South Korea second in 1:29.02 while Hamelin grabbed the bronze in 1:29.405. Bean was eliminated in the quarterfinals and Mineau was ousted in the second round.

Lee won the men’s 1,500 final with Hamelin placing fourth. The men’s overall title went to Lee with Hamelin the top Canadian in seventh. Mineau was 10th and Bean 13th.

In the women’s 2,000 relay, China won the gold medal in 2:51.124, South Korea was second in 2:55.439, Hungary third in 3:00.872 while Canada was fourth in 3:01.149 with Jessica Gregg of Edmonton, Valérie Maltais of La Baie, Que., and Andrea Do-Duc of Montreal.

Eun-Ju Jung of South Korea took the women’s overall title while Gregg was the top Canadian in fifth spot. Maltais was 11th overall and Do-Duc 18th.

Yang Zhou of China won the women’s 1,500 final while Gregg was fifth.

In the women’s 1,000 Eun-Ju Jung led South Korea to a 1-2 finish. Maltais was eliminated in the semifinals for seventh overall while Gregg and Do-Duc were eliminated in the quarterfinals for 10th and 15th respectively.

Canada ends the competition with three medals. On Saturday, Gregg won the bronze in the 500.