St-Gelais, Hamelin win gold at ISU short track speed skating World Cup

St-Gelais, Hamelin win gold at ISU short track speed skating World Cup

Main pic: Charles Hamelin, centre, of Canada, Samuel Girard, also of Canada, and Semion Elistratov, right, of Russia, show off their medals following the men’s 1000-metre final race at the ISU World Cup short-track speedskating competition in Montreal, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes. 

MONTREAL — Marianne St-Gelais of Saint-Felicien, Que., won in the women’s 500-metre race at the ISU short track speed skating World Cup on Sunday.

St-Gelais, who clocked in at 43.120 seconds, led the race from start to finish to earn her second individual medal of the weekend. Natalia Maliszewska of Poland finished second in 43.238 to earn her first career World Cup medal and Russia’s Sofia Prosvirnova took third in 43.592.

On the men’s side, China’s Dajing Wu won the 500 in dominating fashion, leading the race from start to finish with a time of 40.917. Charle Cournoyer of Boucherville, Que., was second in 40.974 while Se Yeong Park of Korea was third.

Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., claimed the victory in the second men’s 1,000 race in 1:25.481. His teammate Samuel Girard of Ferland-et-Boilleau, Que., finished second in 1:25.843. The two Canadian skaters dominated the race, exchanging the lead throughout. Russia’s Semen Elistratov completed the podium with a third-place finish.

Suk Hee Shim of Korea won her second event of the weekend, finishing first in the women’s 1,000. Shim took the lead from her teammate Minjeong Choi with one lap to go. Choi finished in second place and China’s Jiaying Tao finished third place. Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, Que., was fifth.

Canada placed second in the women’s 3,000 relay (4:12.315) behind Korea (4:11.428). Russia was third.

The Canadian Press

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