2014 Short Track Speed Skating World Championships Charles Hamelin wins bronze

Charles Hamelin wins bronze

Montréal, March 15th, 2014: The start line featured an impressive quartet of skaters. Russia’s Victor An, current Olympic champion, China’s Dajing Wu, silver medalist in Sochi, American J.R. Celski, world record holder and Canada’s Charles Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, Québec), 2010 Olympic champion competed in the 500m final of the Short Track Speed Skating World Championships at Montreal’s Maurice-Richard Arena. Wu took the gold, Hamelin the bronze.

 “I can’t be dissatisfied with my race. It was fast-paced and coming from behind, it’s difficult to constantly try and pass. There were some fierce battles on the inside but I didn’t want to get involved, I had a lot of speed so I tried for the outside. I’ll happily take the 13 points”, declared the bronze medalist.


This third place finish, combined to yesterday’s victory at 1500m, carries 47 points for Charles Hamelin. The 29-year-old athlete is now sitting atop the cumulative standings, eight points ahead of China’s Dajing Wu, winner of the 500m. J.R. Celski rounded out the podium, taking silver in the 500m.


On the women’s side, Korea’s Seung-Hi Park won the event, ahead of Great Britain’s Elise Christie and China’s Kexin Fan. This victory allowed Park to move ahead of the cumulative standings, with 47; 13 points ahead of her teammate, Suk Hee Shim. 


Five other Canadian skaters excluded from finals

Earlier in the day, Charle Cournoyer and Olivier Jean were stopped in the quarter-finals. Cournoyer, Olympic bronze medalist at this distance, took third place in his heat, which wasn’t good enough to advance to the semis. He finished 11th. Olivier Jean, celebrating his 30th birthday today, finished 5th in his race and took 17th place overall. 


Marianne St-Gelais was the strongest Canadian woman today, earning 7th spot after being eliminated at the semi-final stage. Marie-Eve Drolet, also eliminated in the semis, and Valerie Maltais, stopped in the quarters, took 8th and 9th spot, respectively.


Men’s relay

The Canadian men’s relay team composed of Michael Gilday, Charles Hamelin, Olivier Jean and Charle Cournoyer was unable to secure a much sought-after spot for the final. In the semi-final, Olivier Jean’s exterior positioning did not allow for Charles Hamelin to complete the relay when the Chinese team found themselves between the two teammates. The exchange occurred too late and handicapped by this missed maneuver, the Canadians finished third, behind Russia and Great-Britain.

 ‘Olivier was passed at the last minute; he wasn’t in a good spot to push me. We were had. I have no idea what happened, I’ll have to look at the race again. It’s a shame, we were in great shape and I had the legs to finish the race”, noted Hamelin.


Tomorrow’s men relay final will feature Russia, Great Britain, Korea and the Netherlands. 


The Short Track Speed Skating World Championships will conclude tomorrow with the men’s and women’s 1000m and 3000m, as well as the 5000m men’s relay and the 3000m women’s relay. The action is set to begin at 11 a.m.



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