Two silver medals for Canada at short track speed skating World Cup

TURIN, Italy – Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., and Kalyna Roberge of Ste-Etienne-de-Lauzon, Que., each won a silver medal in their respective 1,500 metre races on Saturday at the fourth stop on the short track speed skating World Cup circuit.

In the men’s 1,500, Si-Bak Sung was part of South Korea’s golden sweep on the day winning in 2:17.502. Hamelin followed in 2:17.811 for his sixth individual World Cup medal this season. Yuri Confortola of Italy was third in 2:17.939.

‘’Whenever you have three Koreans in the final you have to be alert,’’ said Hamelin. ‘’As soon as they take control of the race it’s hard to get it back. I just tried to stay at the front of the race as much as possible. And I did a good job with that. My consistency this season gives me a lot of confidence and it is also a good measuring stick. I think right now what’s preventing me from the gold is the fatigue I feel from two long road trips.’’

Marc-André Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., was eliminated in the semifinals for 19th place and Alex Boisvert-Lacroix, of Sherbrooke, Que., didn’t get past the repechage.

In the women’s 1,500, Sae-Bom Shin of South Korea won the gold in 2:25.420. Roberge was second in 2:25.551 for her first individual World Cup medal this season. Seung-Hi Park of South Korea was third in 2:25.612.

‘’It’s great to get that first medal, but I didn’t expect it in the 1,500,’’ said Roberge. ‘’It was probably my best ever 1,500 race. I didn’t stay behind at the start, I fought the entire race and I did everything to prevent a Korean wall to develop in front of me. I feel I’m just as good in the 1,500 as the 500 but the difference internationally is that the 1,500 is the best distance for the Koreans.’’

Valérie Lambert of Sherbrooke, Que., was eliminated in the semifinals for 11th place and Anne Maltais of Quebec City was ousted in the repechage.

In the men’s 1,000 South Korea was 1-2 with Kyung-Taek Song taking the gold. François-Louis Tremblay of Montreal won the B final for fifth overall. Mathieu Giroux and Steve Robillard of Montreal were eliminated in the quarterfinals for 11th and 16th.

In the women’s 1,000 Shing Young-Yang led South Korea to a 1-2 finish. Amanda Overland of Montreal, Tania Vicent of Verchères, Que., and Andrea Do-Duc of Montreal were eliminated in the quarterfinals for 10th, 12th and 16th respectively.

Canada advanced to the finals in the men’s 5,000 metre relay finishing second in its heat with Tremblay, Hamelin, Monette and Robillard. The Canadian women were third in their semifinal heat and head to the B final.

Competition ends Sunday.