Canada’s Charles Hamelin rules 1500m short track event

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Sochi, Russian Federation (4E Sports) – Charles Hamelin lived up to his billing as Canada’s speed skating golden boy, winning the gold medal in the 1,500-meter short track event of the Sochi Winter Olympics Monday.

Hamelin was dominant in the finals, leading the race almost entirely from start to finish. He dropped briefly to third place halfway through the race, but made a quick pass between two opponents with what looked like relative ease.

China’s Han Tianyu took silver with Victor Ahn giving hosts Russia their first ever Olympic short track medal with bronze.

With the win, Hamelin now has four career Olympic medals, joining Eric Bedard and Gaetan Boucher as 2nd all-time Canadian male Winter Olympic medalists.

The 29-year-old Hamelin previously won gold in the 500m and the 5000m relay in the 2010 Vancouver Games. He also won silver in Turin.

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