Canada wins six medals at short track speed skating World Cup

Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., highlighted a six-medal performance for Canada on Sunday with gold in the men’s 1,000-metres to conclude the fifth stop on the short track speed skating circuit.

Canada, icing its team for the world championships next month, had its best showing this season at a World Cup event with nine medals overall this weekend.

In the men’s 1,000, Hamelin notched his second medal this weekend clocking 1:27.221 for his second straight 1,000 World Cup win. Suk-Woo Song of South Korea was second in 1:27.228 and Francois-Louis Tremblay of Boucherville, Que., third in 1:27.328.

In the men’s 3,000, two more Canadians were on the podium. American Apolo Anton Ohno won the gold in 5:37.097 followed by Tremblay in 5:37.320 and Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., in third at 5:37.482.

Tremblay ended the weekend with three individual medals and Turcotte with two. On Saturday, Turcotte and Tremblay were 1-2 in the 500. With one World Cup competition remaining, Ohno leads the overall standings with 199 points just five points ahead of Turcotte in second. Hamelin and Turcotte are also in contention for season World Cup titles in the individual distances.

Also on Sunday, Turcotte and Tremblay helped Canada to silver in the men’s 5,000-metre relay with Steve Robillard of Montreal and Éric Bédard of Ste-Thècle, Que. Italy won the race.

In the women’s relay, the Canadians took the bronze with Amanda Overland of Cambridge, Ont., Chantale Sévigny of Sherbrooke, Que., Anouk Leblanc-Boucher of Montreal and Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C. China was first and South Korea second.

Overland also posted a fifth place in the 3,000 and sixth place in the 1,000.

The World Cup season ends next weekend at Spisska Nova Es, Slovakia.