Hamelin wins second silver at short track speed skating world juniors

Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., earned his second silver medal in two days on Saturday placing second in the men’s 500-metres at the world junior short track speed skating championships.

Hon-Suk Lee of South Korea, the 1,500 winner Friday, won again in 42.536 seconds passing Hamelin for the lead on the final lap. Hamelin, who led most of the race, clocked 42.816. Si-Bak Sung of South Korea was third in 43.049 and Mathieu Giroux of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., third in the 1,500, took fourth in 43.142.

"Lee was simply going to fast and I couldn’t stop him from passing me," said Hamelin, 18, eighth overall at last year’s world juniors. "But I’m very pleased with my race. Last year I really struggled against the Koreans and this year I’m keeping pace with them. My goal now is to beat Lee twice tomorrow (Sunday) and get the overall title. I think I have a shot at it."

Steve Robillard of Montreal, a double silver medallist last year, was eliminated in the second round.

In the women’s 500, the Koreans were 1-2 with Chun-Sa Byun first in 44.905 and Yun-Mi Kang second in 44.934. Tatiana Borodoulina of Russia prevented a second straight Korean sweep for the women, earning bronze in 45.354.

Émilie Nadeau-Benoit of Longueuil, Que., was eliminated in the quarterfinal for 16th spot while Crystal Phillips of Beaumont, Alta., was 18th.

Canada qualified for the men’s relay final by winning its heat while the women didn’t race their semifinal due to an injury to Anouk Leblanc-Boucher of Montreal who sprained her ankle in Friday’s 1,500.

Competition ends Sunday.