Canada's Hamelin takes gold in short track 1500m final; Celski fourth
Canada's Charles Hamelin withstood a late rush from China's Tianyu Han and Russia's Viktor Ahn to secure a gold medal on Monday.
Canada’s Charles Hamelin took home the gold medal in Monday’s 1500m men’s short track final with an official time of 2:14.985. It was Hamelin’s third gold medal, having won two at the Vancouver Games (500m, 5000m relay) in 2010.
Hamelin's also the favorite to win the 500m event as well. Blanketed in the Canadian flag following his win, Hamelin skated over to plant one on his girlfriend, speedskater Marianne St. Gelais.
J.R. Celski, America’s best shot at a short track gold, finished in a disappointing fourth place with a time of 2:15.624. As is typical for Celski, a two-time bronze-medalist, he sat in the back, biding his time before making his move about halfway through the race. He briefly led with about eight laps remaining, but was overtaken by Hamelin, China’s Tianyu Han (second), and Russia’s Viktor Ahn (third).
Han finished at 2:15.055 while Ahn clocked in at 2:15.062.
Ahn’s bronze represents Russia’s first short track speedskating medal in history, placing the host country in fifth place overall with five medals (one gold). Hamelin's victory gives Canada its second gold medal and puts Canada atop the leaderboard.
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