Team Korea takes home five medals, Canada's Hamelin brothers finish first
VANCOUVER, Oct. 25 /CNW/ - After a successful day one of heats and
qualifications for the Samsung ISU World Cup Short Track 2008/2009, held at
the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC, day two saw four events award medals
for the men's and ladies.
Team Korea took home five medals (one gold, two silver and two bronze);
team China skated away with three medals (two gold, one silver) and team
Canada took home two medals (one gold, one bronze).
In the men's 1000 metre final, USA's superstar Apolo Ohno was
disqualified near the end of the race. "It's out of my control," Ohno said
after the race was finished. "But it's a good experience. I'm glad I get to do
the final here in Vancouver. I'm just trying to get all the information I can
and come back strong tomorrow."
"I feel great," said Charles Hamelin of Canada, who won gold in the men's
1000 metre final. "That's what I wanted to do, win the gold medal, and have a
good race. I didn't get much of a chance to compete against all the top guys
last week, and I wanted to learn all I could and try and impose my rhythm."
This event marks the first time a short track speed skating World Cup has
been held in Vancouver. The Pacific Coliseum lower bowl reached near capacity,
as just under 3,000 fans came out to cheer on athletes from Canada, USA,
China, Korea and the Netherlands to name a few.
"This is the first time I've ever been to a short track speed skating
event," said David Reimer, a spectator from Vancouver. "It was really
interesting to see how the skaters jostled for position around the corners.
This is something I'll definitely check out come 2010."
The final day of the Samsung ISU World Cup Short Track 2008/2009 takes
place Sunday, October 26, 2008, and will see the ladies and men's 500 metre
finals, ladies and men's 1000 metre final, ladies 3000 metre relay and men's
5000 metre relay.
Ladies 1500 metre Final A
1 ZHOU Yang (CHN) 2:21.578
2 JUNG Eun-Ju (KOR) 2:21.639
3 SHIN Sae-Bom (KOR) 2:24.234
Men's 1500 metre Final A
1 LEE Jung-Su (KOR) 2:19.924
2 SUNG Si-Bak (KOR) 2:19.928
3 SIMON Jeff (USA) 2:20.266
Ladies 1000 metre (1) Final A
1 WANG Meng (CHN) 1:30.598
2 LIU Qiuhong (CHN) 1:30.668
3 YANG Shin-Young (KOR) 1:30.735
Men's 1000 metre (1) Final A
1 HAMELIN Charles (CAN) 1:28.741
2 LOBELLO Anthony (USA) 1:29.097
3 HAMELIN Francois (CAN) 1:29.795
Qualifications for Sunday's finals:
Ladies 3000 metre relay final:
Men's 5000 metre relay final:
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