Hamelin & Jean win gold & Gilday takes bronze

Hamelin and Jean win gold and Gilday takes bronze

NAGOYA, Japan (Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011) – Canada’s short track team athletes were on the podium today three times, capturing two gold medals and one bronze at the ISU World Cup in Nagoya, Japan. Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Jullie, Que., won gold in the 1,000 metres (1:25.915), while teammate Michael Gilday of Yellowknife took the bronze (1:26.909). Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que., won gold in the 500-metre race (41.478). (results web site)

Hamelin, winning his third gold medal this year, now has five medals (three gold, two silver) on the season and 44 over his career (16 gold, 11 silver, 17 bronze). Jean captured his second gold medal of the season, and also has a bronze after two World Cup participations. He has five gold, three silver and five bronze career World Cup individual medals. Today’s bronze medal was Gilday’s second time on the podium this season and sixth of his career (one gold, two silver, three bronze).

In the 500 metres, Quebec City’s Alexandre St. Jean was second in his quarterfinal heat, but then moved on to the B final after finishing fourth in his semifinal race. He was second in the B final, giving him a seventh overall ranking.

For the women’s 500-metre race, Vanessa Bélanger-Marceau of Loretteville, Que., Kasandra Bradette of St. Félicien, Que., and Caroline Truchon of Chicoutimi, Que., competed in the quarterfinals. Bélanger-Marceau finished second in her heat to move on to the semifinals and then the finals, where she finished fifth. Bradette, placing 14th overall, was fourth in her quarterfinal heat and did not qualify. Truchon, 13th overall, was fourth in her quarterfinal heat.

In the women’s 1,000-metre race, Montreal’s Sabrina Bourgela finished 14th overall after placing fourth in quarterfinals. Andréa Do-Duc of Montreal, 27th overall, was eliminated after finishing fourth in her quarterfinal repechage heat.

In the women’s B final relay, Bélanger-Marceau, Bourgela, Bradette and Truchon finished third for a seventh overall ranking.

With today’s short track medals, the World Cup Podium Tracker by Intact Insurance is up to $25,000 (14 gold medals, seven silver and four bronze). Intact Insurance will award $1,000 in cash and prizes to a local speed skating club with each individual medal win. Last season, Intact Insurance awarded more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.

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