Canada has its second gold medal of the 2014 Winter Olympics, courtesy of speed skater Charles Hamelin. Hamelin, who was not considered the favourite in the men's 1500m short track, showed just how strong of a skater he was by coming out on top with the gold. He finished first in his semi-final which advanced him to the seven skater final.
In the final, he remained patient at the start and then jumped out to an early lead. He would lead for a few laps, but then be passed by John Celski (United States) and Tianyu Han (China). Not phased at all, Hamelin waited for his time to strike and snuck between the two skaters on the bend to regain the lead. From then on it was all Hamelin as he turned on the jets and held on to the lead to win gold. It was an incredible finish with the top three only being separated by a fraction of a second. Hamelin finished with a time of 2:14:985.
Tianyu Han of China (2:15:055) finished with the silver, while Victor An of Russia (2:15:062) finished with the bronze.
There were two other Canadians in the event. Charles' brother, Francois, and Michael Gilday did not advance to the final. Francois finished ninth overall, while Gilday was disqualified in the semi-final.
Hamelin, 29, is from Sainte-Julie, Quebec. This is his third time participating in the Olympics. He won gold in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Olympics for the 500 m and the 500 m relay. He won silver at Turin in 2006 in the 5000m relay. With Hamelin now having four Olympic medals, he is just three medals away from being the most decorated Canadian Olympian ever and oddly enough, he has three events left at Sochi. Long skater Cindy Klassen currently has the most with six.
Congratulations Charles and good luck on your next three events!
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