Charles Hamelin wins gold in 1500 metres at the world Cup in Seoul

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Charles Hamelin will be back on the ice Sunday to take part in the test of 1000 m.

Seoul — Quebec’s Charles Hamelin won the gold medal in the final event the 1500 metres on Saturday when the fourth and final stage of the skating world Cup short track held in Seoul, South Korea.

 

Hamelin was the fastest with a time of 2:14,179. He took the lead by three-hundredths of a second South-Korean Hwang Dae-Hon, leader in the standings of the world Cup. American John Celski grabbed the third position, just ahead of the Quebec and Samuel Girard.

 

“This is a victory that really makes a lot of good. The way I skated today, how I felt in the arena and on the ice, it was really exceptional. I think I have never also felt well since the beginning of the season, ” said Hamelin.

 

This is the second medal in the 1500 m at the international this season for Hamelin, who had won the bronze in Dordrecht, in October.

 

“It could not have come at a better time, before the last day of competition before the olympic Games, he added. It has given me a lot of confidence. This gold medal proves that all the work that I have done physically and mentally for all these years still gives good results. “

The way I skated today, how I felt in the arena and on the ice, it was really exceptional.
Charles Hamelin

The veteran 33 year old will be back on the ice Sunday to take part in the test of 1000 m.

 

Boutin won the bronze medal

 

For the ladies, Sherbrooke’s Kim Boutin has put the hand on a sixth medal in individual this season by reaching the third step of the podium in the 1500 m for women.


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Boutin has been overtaken by the favourite local Choi Min-Jeong and Shim Suk-Hee. Quebec’s Marianne St-Gelais finished at the foot of the podium, nearly a tenth of a second of his compatriot.

 

Boutin has therefore climbed on the podium at a fourth world Cup in a row this season and for the second time this fall during the test of the 1500 m. he or She had captured the silver medal at the first world Cup of the season, in Budapest, Hungary.

 

“Marianne and I had, as a strategy to go forward and race like we are capable of doing so. It has paid a little. It is certain that I have shot over a lot of laps, but the energy was there. I believe that we really managed to do a good race, ” said Boutin.

I begin to find the way to keep my energy up at the end. The next time, it will be at the finish line.
Kim Boutin

Before travelling to South Korea, the athlete is 22 years old already had him in hand two gold medals (500 m and 1000 m) as well as three silver (500 m, 1000 m and 1500 m).

 

“I missed the last round of little. The last time, the Korean I have exceeded in the last turn and there it was in the last half-turn, and continued Boutin. I begin to find the way to keep my energy up at the end. The next time, it will be at the finish line. “

 

St-Gelais was not the end of his sentences, it was also in action in the final of the 500 m. The skater from Saint-Félicien is placed very close to win the bronze medal, but she received a penalty for having pushed the Italian, Martina Valcepina (bronze) and has been excluded from the podium formed by the British Elise Christie (gold), and Min-Jeong (money).

 

In the B final of this event, the Quebec Kasandra Bradette won the race, which gave him the fifth place of the competition.

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