NEWS: Canadians take to the podium at ISU Short Track World Cup in Salt Lake City

Hamelin wins gold in 1,500, Maltais takes the silver in 1,500, Tremblay earns bronze in 1,000 Audio: Derrick Campbell, Sébastien Cros, Charles Hamelin, Valérie Maltais, Francois-Louis Tremblay SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – On Day 2 of the ISU World Cup in Salt Lake City, Speed Skating Canada’s Charles Hamelin from Sainte-Julie, Que., won the first gold medal of the season in the 1,500-metre. Valerie Maltais of La Baie, Que., won silver, also in the 1,500-metre. François-Louis Tremblay from Alma, Que., earned the 1,000-metre bronze medal. In the men’s first 1,500-metre of this World Cup, Hamelin and Michael Gilday of Yellowknife were the final, with Hamelin taking gold ahead of Koreans Ho-Suk Lee and Jung-Su Lee. Gilday finished fifth. Finishing third in his semi-final heat, Guillaume Bastille from Rivière-du-Loup, Que., placed fourth in the B final. In the women’s 1,500-metre today, both Maltais and Marie-Ève Drolet of Laterrière, Que., were in the final. Maltais was second behind American Katherine Reutter. Drolet finished up in sixth place. Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C., finished sixth in her heat and did not qualify for the final. After skating through three races in the repechage to qualify for the quarter-finals of the men’s 1,000-metre, François-Louis Tremblay from Alma, Que., moved on to the final taking the bronze medal. Tremblay finished in fourth, but American J.R. Celski was penalized, thereby losing his medal. Koreans Yoon-Gy Kwak took gold and Jinkyu Noh silver. In other 1,000-metre action, Gabriel Chiasson-Poirier from Laval, Que., won the C final after finishing third in his quarter-finals heat. In the women’s 1,000-metre race, the Canadian skaters were shutout of the medals. Marianne St. Gelais of St. Félicien, Que., was penalized in her quarter-final heat and eliminated. Gabrielle Waddell of Red Deer, Alta., and Caroline Truchon of Chicoutimi, Que., placed third and fourth, respectively, in their qualifying heats. They went on to the C final, where Waddell was second and Truchon third. Both men’s and women’s relay teams qualified for Sunday’s finals. Sunday’s races will see the 500-metre and second 1,500-metre races, as well as the relay finals. - end -