Tremblay & Hamelin win medals at short track speed skating World Cup

HEERENVEEN, The Netherlands – François-Louis Tremblay of Montreal won silver in the men’s 500 and Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., added bronze in the men’s 1,000 on Sunday to conclude the third stop on the short track speed skating circuit.

In the men’s 500, Si-Bak Sung of South Korea completed a golden sweep in the event this weekend clocking 41.974 seconds. Tremblay followed in 42.309 and Yoon-Gy Kwak of South Korea was third in 42.101.

It was an action packed race with Sung and Tremblay passing each other several times. Tremblay was in the lead near the end but was unable to thwart Sung’s passing attempt.

Marc-André Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., and Alex Boisvert- Lacroix of Sherbrooke, Que., were eliminated in the quarterfinals for ninth and 11th respectively.

In the men’s 1,000, Hyun-Soo Ahn led South Korea to a 1-2 finish clocking 1:24.385. Ho-Suk Lee was second in 1:24.505 and Hamelin took third spot in 1:26.652. It was Hamelin’s second medal this weekend and fifth this season on the World Cup.

‘’It was tough final,’’ said Hamelin, who was slowed when Kyung-Taek Song of South Korea fell and his hand hit Hamelin’s blade. ‘’But I was pleased with my race. I battled the Koreans hard but unfortunately that slip cost me and at the speed the other two Koreans were racing I couldn’t catch up.’’

In the women’s 1,000, Sun-Yu Jin of South Korea thwarted a Chinese pir for the gold. Amanda Overland of Montreal won the B final for sixth overall. Kalyna Roberge of Ste-Etienne-de-Lauzon, Que., and Anne Maltais of Quebec City were eliminated in the quarterfinals for 10th and 12th.

‘’I’m very pleased it was an amazing day overall,’’ said Overland. ‘’I was particularly pleased with my quarterfinal. I was aggressive and controlled the race. It’s the kind of race I want to against these strong girls. I had a tough semifinal and got stuck behind but I came back strong in the B final.’’

In the women’s 500, Qiuhong Liu led China to a medal sweep. Tania Vicent of Verchères, Que., was third in the B final for seventh overall. Andrea Do-Duc of Montreal and Valérie Lambert of Sherbrooke, Que., were eliminated in the quarterfinals for 13th and 15th.

The fourth stop on the circuit starts Friday in Torino, Italy.