Hamelin, Tremblay lead Canada in short-track

Short-track speed skaters François Hamelin and François-Louis Tremblay have qualified for both the men's 500 metres and 1,000 metres this weekend in Vancouver.

Speed skaters advance to 500, 1,000 metres at World Cup event

Short-track speed skaters François Hamelin and François-Louis Tremblay have qualified for both the men's 500 metres and 1,000 metres this weekend in Vancouver.

Hamelin's brother, Charles, also qualified in the 1,000 at the World Cup event while four other Canadians advanced to the quarter-finals at Pacific Coliseum.

Tremblay, of Montreal, Que., was second-fastest in the heats; Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que., was fourth; and François Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., skated to the fifth-fastest time.

"We all had good times in the first round," said François Hamelin. "We were all first on the start line, so it was the strategy that made sense: go out fast, make sure you stay there, so you don't need to risk passes."

It was a similar scenario for the women, as Jessica Gregg of Edmonton, Marianne St-Gelais of St-Felicien, Que., and Anne Maltais of Quebec City were all able to qualify for Sunday's quarter-finals.

With files from the Canadian Press