Silver & bronze for Canada at World Cup short track speed skating.

Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., and Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., earned silver and bronze Friday in the men’s 1,500 metres to open the third stop on the short track speed skating circuit.

Olympic champion Apolo Anton Ohno of the U.S., took his second gold this season in the event clocking 2:20.061. Turcotte was a close second in 2:20.188 and Hamelin was right behind for third in 2:20.196. Last week at the Canadian team trials the 20-year-old Hamelin broke Canadian records in the 500 and 1,000 metres.

‘’Charles and I had a great race,’’ said Turcotte, a double Olympic medallist in 2002. ‘’I had a great burst of speed at the end to sneak in for second. For me this augurs very well for the 500 (on Saturday) which is my best event.’’

Hamelin led for six laps before Anton Ohno snuck in for gold on the last lap.

‘’Charles is definitely a skater who is on the rise,’’ said Turcotte. ‘’He is very strong. We have very different styles so we didn’t really work together in the race however we kept out of each other’s way for the most part.’’

Steve Robillard of Montreal was eliminated in the semifinals for 18th overall.

In the women’s 1,500 final, double Olympic champion Yang Yang of China was the winner in 2:36.521 with Allison Baver of the U.S., second in 2:36.681 and Yuka Kamino of Japan third in 2:36.790.

Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., and Amanda Overland of Cambridge, Ont., were eliminated in the semifinals for ninth and 16th respectively.

In the men’s 5,000 relay, Canada clocked the third fastest time ever winning its heat in 6:44.092 with Turcotte, Hamelin, Jonathan Guilmette of Montreal and Francois-Louis Tremblay of Boucherville, Que., to advance to the semifinals.

‘’We were going for the world record,’’ said Turcotte. ‘’I think we’ll try again in the semifinal although the field will be much stronger. We have to keep in mind that the big goal is to win the final on Sunday. We certainly showed we are the team to beat.’’

In the women’s 3,000 relay, Canada also advanced to the semifinals placing third in its heat with Kraus, Overland, Melanie Gagnon and Kalyna Roberge, both of Montreal.