Giroux wins bronze, Hamelin fourth overall at world junior championships

Mathieu Giroux of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., won the bronze medal in the 1,500-metres and Charles Hamelin took fourth spot overall Sunday to conclude the world junior short track speed skating championships.

The South Koreans swept the medals in the overall standings in both men’s and women’s competition.

In the 1,500-metre final, Hyun-Kon Kim of South Korea took the gold in 2:16.244 edging compatriot Si-Bak Sung second in 2:16.376. Giroux, 16, earned his second bronze of the competition clocking 2:17.949 while Steve Robillard of Montreal was fourth in 2:19.567 and Hamelin fifth in 2:23.765.

In the 1,000, Kim was the winner again with Sung second and Korean Ho-Suk Lee third. Hamelin was fourth. In men’s competition all four individual finals were comprised solely of Canadians and Koreans. Robillard and Giroux were eliminated in the semis for fifth and sixth respectively.

Lee, who won the first 1,500 on Friday and the 500 on Saturday, was first overall with 84 points followed by Kim at 68 and Sung at 63. Hamelin, second overall Saturday after silver medals in the first 1,500 and the 500, was fourth at 55. Giroux was fifth at 34 and
Robillard sixth at 13.

In women’s competition, the top-three overall were Chun-Sa Byun, Yun-Mi Kang, and Min-Jung Kim. Émilie Nadeau-Benoit of Longueuil, Que., was fifth overall after placing fifth in the 1,500 and sixth in the 1,000 on Sunday.

The Canadian men were also third in the 2,000 relay which was an exhibition event.