Hamelin brothers shine in qualifying at short track speed skating World Cup final

SALT LAKE CITY – Charles Hamelin and his brother François Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., qualified first for two quarterfinals apiece and helped Canada to win its heat in the 5,000-metre relay opening round on Friday to open the sixth and final stop on the short track speed skating World Cup circuit.

Charles Hamelin, Marc-André Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., and Steve Robillard of Montreal all advanced to the quarterfinals in the men’s 1,000. In the 500, Charles Hamelin and Robillard earned a direct ticket to the quarters

François Hamelin and Guillaume Bastille of Montreal advanced in both the second 500 and 1,500. Monette also qualified in the 1,500 while his brother Jean-François Monette, must go through the repechage in both 500 races.

The Hamelin brothers, Bastille and Marc-André Monette led Canada to victory in its relay heat.

In women’s competition, Kalyna Roberge of Ste-Etienne-de-Lauzon, Que., Anne Maltais of Quebec City and Amanda Overland of Montreal qualified directly to the quarterfinals in both the second 500 and 1,500 races.

In the first 500, Valérie Lambert of Sherbrooke, Que., and Tania Vicent of Verchères, Que., are both through to the quarterfinals while Jessica Gregg of Edmonton needs to go through the repechage. Gregg, Vicent and Lambert are headed to the repechage in the 1,000.

Canada also won its opening heat in the women’s 3,000-metre relay.

Competition continues through to Sunday.