Charles Hamelin settles for silver after foul at short track worlds
Canadian pushed before crossing finish line
Canadian short track speedskater Charles Hamelin had to settle for the silver medal in the men's 1,000 metres at the world championships in Moscow on Sunday after a pair of South Korean teammates teamed up to cost him the gold.
Hamelin was fouled near the finish line by Da Woon Sin as teammate Park Se Yeong claimed the gold.
Sin was penalized for pushing Hamelin and finished last. Shi Jingnan of China rounded out the podium with a third-place finish.
Hamelin was visibly upset after the race.
"I'm a little disappointed with only getting the silver," said Hamelin. "I was on my way to a gold medal when the two Koreans teamed up, sacrificing one so the other could win. One pushed me in the last turn and I ended up second."
"It's the only distance where I haven't won the world title yet and I would have liked to do it today. I have three years to make it up. Still, I'm pretty satisfied with how I've done at these world championships," said Hamelin.
Hamelin was hoping to win the overall world championship crown, something he has never done, and was five points behind the co-leaders going into the event.
The foul, and the subsequent second-place finish, cost him points in the overall standings. He entered the next race, the 3,000-metre super final, trailing instead of being the overall leader. Hamelin went on to finish fourth in the super final and fourth in the overall standings.
The last Canadian to win the overall world title was Marc Gagnon in 1998.
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Hamelin won a bronze Saturday in the 1,500 metres and finished in sixth place in the 500 on Saturday.
Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands was awarded the overall world title, making him the first Dutch skater to accomplish that in short track. Park ended in second place.
On the women's side, Kim Boutin almost made the podium in the 1,000 metres, finishing in fourth spot. She was the only Canadian competing in the 3,000 metres, finishing in sixth. She finished seventh in the overall standings in her very first appearance at the world championships.
"I didn't expect to make it to the 3000-metre super final, so it's really a pleasant surprise," said Boutin. "I'm quite happy with my first year at the senior international level. It makes me even hungrier for what's coming up in the near future."
Marianne St-Gelais finished 19th in the 1,000 metres and 11th in the overall standings.
With files from The Associated Press