NEWS: Three more medals today for Canada at ISU Short Track World Cup in Salt Lake City

Audio clips: Charles Hamelin (fr), Charles Hamelin (en), Marianne St-Gelais (en), Marianne St-Gelais (fr), Gabriel Chiasson-Poirier, Caroline Turchon, Francois Hamelin, Francois-Louis Tremblay, Guillaume Bastille, Michael Gilday , Jessica Hewitt (Oct. 22) St. Gelais wins gold in the 500-metre, Hamelin takes the silver in the 500, men’s relay team has gold SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The final day of the ISU Short Track World Cup in Salt Lake City saw Speed Skating Canada’s team took three more medals. Marianne St. Gelais of St. Félicien, Que., won the gold medal in the 500-metre final, while Charles Hamelin collected his second medal of the weekend with a silver in the 500-metre. The Canadian men’s team was also on the podium with a gold medal victory. Canada won three medals on Saturday, gold, silver and bronze, for weekend total of six medals. In the women’s 500-metre race, Marianne St. Gelais of St. Félicien, Que., won her first gold medal of the season and sixth career in this distance. Gelais beat out Martina Valcepina of Italy and Jessica Smith of the United States. Caroline Truchon of Chicoutimi, Que., placed third in her quarterfinal race. She then won the C final, finishing 10th overall. Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C., fell during Friday’s qualifications and did not move on to today’s race. In the men’s 500-metre race, Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., had to settle for silver as Jon Eley of Great Britain edged him out in the final half lap. It was Hamelin’s 12th World Cup silver medal in the 500-metre and 41st medal. Guillaume Bastille of Rivière-du-Loup, Que., placed third in his quarterfinal race. In the C final, he was second for a ranking of 10th. Michael Gilday of Yellowknife was penalized in his quarterfinal heat and eliminated. In the men’s second 1,500-metre of this World Cup, François-Louis Tremblay of Alma, Que., finished in sixth place in the main final. Jinkyu Noh of Korea took the gold medal. François Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., was third in his semifinal race. While he didn’t compete in the main final, he finished with second in the B final for a ninth overall ranking. Gabriel Chiasson-Poirier of Laval, Que., advanced to the repechage’s semifinal but he placed second in his heat. Only the top skater from each semifinal moved on to the main semifinals. In the women’s 1,500-metre today, Marie-Ève Drolet of Laterrière, Que., who was sixth on Saturday in this event, improved to fifth place in today’s final. American Katherine Reutter won the gold medal. After finishing fourth in her semi-final, Gabrielle Waddell of Red Deer, Alta., wrapped up her individual events in second of the B final and 10th overall. While Valérie Maltais of La Baie, Que., won a silver medal in Saturday’s 1,500-metre race, she was penalized and eliminated from today’s event during Friday’s qualifications. In the relays, the Canadian women’s team finished fourth after one of the skaters fell, while the men took home the first place in the final event of the first World Cup of the short track season. On Saturday, Charles Hamelin won gold in the 1,500-metre. Valerie Maltais won silver, also in the 1,500-metre. François-Louis Tremblay earned the 1,000-metre bronze medal. - end -