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Jean back in form at short track World Cup

Canada's Olivier Jean won the 500 metres at a World Cup short track speedskating event Sunday, ending a long recovery that saw him sit out all of last year.

Speedskater cuts sharp edge in gold medal victory

Olivier Jean slashed an ankle with his own skate while training two years ago.

That ankle is just fine now, merci.

Jean, from Lachenaie, Que., won the 500 metres at a World Cup short track speedskating event Sunday in Beijing, ending a long recovery that saw him sit out all of last year.

"It feels good to get the gold, to be back on top of the podium after my injury," said Jean, who cruised to a 41.482-second run, ahead of South Koreans Sung Si-Bak and Sui Bao Ku.

"I've been waiting for this gold medal since the first World Cup [of the season] but it didn't come.

"I'm not focusing so much on results now, but I did it."

This is the second medal of the weekend for the veteran skater, who came up with a silver on Saturday in the 1,500 metres, making the point he's been searching for. He's back.

"It shows that all the hard work and efforts I've been putting in were worth it and I will just continue doing what I'm doing now," he said. "I'm on the right track.

"It was a great reward to stand up there."

Also on Sunday, Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., who had a gold on Saturday, added a bronze in the 1,000 metres.

The Canadian men's relay team won a silver.

(With files from the Canadian Press)