Brothers Hamelin reach short-track podium
Fellow Canadian Maltais places 10th overall in women's 1,500 metres
Like good family men, speed-skating brothers Charles and François Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., stuck together Saturday, finishing first and third respectively in the men's 1,000 metres at a short-track World Cup event.
The medals were the first by Canadian athletes in Vancouver this weekend.
"It's what I wanted to do, win gold," said Charles Hamelin. "I wanted to see how the race would run and impose my own rhythm and run my own race. We didn't have any team strategy. When you're in a race with a Canadian, you never want to cross-track or cut off your teammate."
South Korean Yoon-Gy Kwak won silver, while American superstar Apolo Anton Ohno was disqualified in the final.
In the women's 1,500, China's Zhou Yang emerged unscathed from a crash-filled final lap to prevail in two minutes 21.58 seconds. Eun-Ju Jung and Sae-Bom Shin — both of South Korea —claimed silver and bronze, respectively.
Valerie Maltais of La Baie, Que., finished 10th overall after coming fourth in the B final.
Fellow Canadian Jessica Hewitt was one of three Canadians disqualified over the course of the day for various offences. She felt that she didn't deserve the disqualification, bu said it's not something to dwell on.
"I was actually surprised at the call," Hewitt said. "I don't totally think I deserved it. It happens — you get calls, some are good, some you disagree with.
"I raced pretty well but I just got the DQ at the end of the race. It's part of short track."
Hewitt, of Langley, B.C., is competing on the World Cup circuit in Canada for the first time. She admitted that being in her home province added a little more pressure.
"There are a lot of people here watching me. I know that I just have to do my best and they're going to be happy no matter what," Hewitt said.
Jung-Su Lee and Si-Bak Sung finished 1-2 for South Korea in a photo finish in the men's 1,500.
Bronze medallist Jeff Simon from the United States led for most of the race but was passed by the two Koreans in the final laps.
Competing in only his second World Cup event, Remy Beaulieu-Tinker of Montreal won the B final to claim ninth overall.
Chinese duo 1-2 in women's 1,000
Mang Weng of China won the women's 1,000 metres in a time of one minute 30.28 seconds. Mang, the world champion in the distance also won the opening World Cup 1,000 metre race event in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Qiuhong Liu of China was second and Shin-Young Yang of Korea came in third.
Canadian Marianne St-Gelais of St-Felicien, Que., was eliminated after finishing third in her quarter-final heat.