Hamelin signs a fourth consecutive victory; while gap in the women's races widens

Hamelin signs a fourth consecutive victory; while gap in the women's races widens

Tempers flared at the Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal in the second day of the Intact Insurance 2014 Short Track Team Selections. Charles Hamelin maintained a perfect record of 4 wins in 4 races, while Marie-Ève Drolet scored her second victory.

1000 meters
With two events presented, the gap started to widen between Drolet, Maltais, Hewitt and St. Gelais as they exchanged the first four positions in all finals. In the 1000m, Marie-Ève Drolet took first place, followed by Valérie Maltais (2nd). In the last lap of the race, Jessica Hewitt (4th) fell in the path of Marianne St.Gelais (3rd) who could not avoid her and also ended up hitting the ground.

Charles Hamelin established his lead in the 1000m and kept it! A fine strategist, he managed his race and kept the lead from beginning to end, and recorded his third victory in three starts. In second and third places were the Cournoyer brothers. The younger Charle (2nd) and Vincent (3rd) finished just ahead of François-Louis Tremblay (4th) in this event.

Update on Michael Gilday's Condition
Michael Gilday, who had a hard fall during the 1500 meters last Wednesday, did not race in today's two events and will not compete on Monday evening because he is showing signs of a concussion. A decision will be made on Monday about his participation in the last two days of the the Intact Insurance 2014 Short Track Team Selections.

1500 meters

The final scenario was repeated for the women in the 1500m when the same skaters battled the first place. Valerie Maltais set the tone, leading from start to finish, immediately followed by Marianne St-Gelais (2nd) with less than a blade's length. Marie-Eve Drolet, winner of the 1500 last Wednesday, took the third place while Jessica Hewitt finished 4th.

It was no surprise that Charles Hamelin earned his fourth victory in style (in 4 events). The other athletes were neck and neck during the 13 and half laps of the final event. Young Charle Cournoyer, in his first year with the national team, fought hard to finish second. Guillaume Bastille (2nd in the first 1500m last Wednesday) took the third position.

"At the end of this day of competition, we analyzed results, and no spot is confirmed even considering the consistent performances of certain athletes in the final rounds. Depending on the results of next Monday we may be able to confirm one athlete," explained Yves Hamelin, director of the short track program.

Note that the athletes are taking part in each event three times. The two best test results are retained. The next race day will be Monday evening from 19h with a single event in the program (500m)


Day 2 – Saturday, August 10th 2013

Finals, 1000m (women) – 1st of 3 events
1. Marie-Eve Drolet, Laterrière (1:29,946)
2. Valérie Maltais, La Baie (1:30,064)
3. Marianne St-Gelais, St-Félicien (1:36,960)
4. Jessica Hewitt, Kamloops, C-B (1:40,092)

Finals, 1000m (men) – 1st of 3 events
1. Charles Hamelin, Ste-Julie (1:26,229)
2. Charle Cournoyer, Boucherville (1:26,274)
3. Vincent Cournoyer, Boucherville (1:26,401)
4. Francois-Louis Tremblay, Alma (Montréal) (1:26,571)

Finals, 1500m (women) – 2nd of 3 events
1. Valérie Maltais, La Baie (2:27,703)
2. Marianne St-Gelais, St-Félicien (2:27,717)
3. Marie-Ève Drolet, Laterriere (2:27,855)
4. Jessica Hewitt, Kamloops, C-B (2:28,492)
5. Courtney Shmyr, C-B (2:33,595)
6. Namasthee Harris-Gauthier, Montréal (2:48,992)

Finals, 1500m (men) - 2nd of 3 events
1. Charles Hamelin, Ste-Julie (2:16,842)
2. Charle Cournoyer, Boucherville (2:16,928)
3. Guillaume Bastille, Rivière-du-Loup (2 :17,011)
4. Patrick Duffy, Oakville (Ont) (2:17,153)
5. Vincent Cournoyer, Boucherville (2:17,531)
6. Olivier Jean, Lachenaie (2:17,589)

Competition schedule:
http://www.speedskating.ca/sites/speedskating.ca/files/st_trials__schedule.pdf

List of athletes participating in the events:
http://www.speedskating.ca/olympic-selections

Selection process steps:
http://www.speedskating.ca/sites/speedskating.ca/files/fact_sheet._en.pdf