Charles Hamelin’s 1500 m victory gives him World Cup Rankings lead Valérie Maltais holds her own against three Koreans

Charles Hamelin’s 1500 m victory gives him World Cup Rankings leadValérie Maltais holds her own against three Koreans
Montreal, October 5, 2013 - Charles Hamelin is truly the man to beat on the world stage. By winning the 1500 m today in Seoul, Korea, he became the lead in World Cup rankings. Today’s World Cup #2 program included the 1500 m and the 500 m.

1500 m - a good race for Canadians!
The Hamelin brothers were side-by-side competing in the final round. Charles won the race, while Francois took the 5th place. Michael Gilday, who is returning from injury, had a good race finishing 8th.

"It was cool to race this final with my brother. I had beautiful passes during the race, but the Russian passed me in the penultimate lap. I was able to pass him just before crossing the finish line, which got me my first win of the season in the 1500 m," explained Charles Hamelin. "I came to Asia to win medals, but I have to admit that I am being surprised with my performances. I am pleased because I do not consider myself at the top of my game. It looks good for the Olympics, because in a few months, I will be even faster and stronger ", said the new leader of the Overall World Cup rankings.

"This is my first A final in my career in the 1500 m, which proves that I'm competitive among the best in the world. Mission accomplished for me," commented François Hamelin at the end of the race.

"Even if I feel a little rusty, I'm happy with my race. I have made some tactical errors in semis, but I did very well in the final. I felt I had more strength in my legs. These last two weeks, I see the progression in my competitive edge. I'll be ready for sure!” said Michael Gilday.

Valérie Maltais among the Koreans!
Valérie Maltais finished third in this 1 500 m. On the starting line of this final there were three powerful Koreans, one Chinese and one Italian athlete and Maltais. "Given the presence of three Koreans, my strategy in the final was to take the lead quickly and to study how the event progressed. The Italian and the Chinese athletes had the same strategy in mind and were faster than me in executing it! I managed to get back in the pack, but a Korean got me off balance, which made me lose speed. She was disqualified, which allowed me to finish in third place. This is a good beginning of the season. I am better at reading and managing my races. I am pleased with my speed at the end of my races, "said Valérie Maltais of La Baie.

Marianne St-Gelais took the 8th place, while Jessica Hewitt finished in 40th position.

500 m - fatigue sets in
Today’s program was intense because the 500 m event begins only few minutes after the 1500 m, which seems to have played against the Canadian team. As a result, our Canadians were less successful, with Marianne St-Gelais finishing 12th, Jessica Gregg 17th and Jessica Hewitt 41st.

It was the same scenario on the men’s side. Charles Hamelin finished 9th, Charle Cournoyer 18th and Olivier Jean 33rd.

Schedule for tomorrow: (KST) Seoul Time (13h +)

Sunday October 6 (Finals A)
16:21 1000m – Women
16:34 1000m – Men
17:53 Relais 3000m – Women
18:15 Relais 5000m – Men

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