St-Ge­lais claims sil­ver in women’s Olympic 500-me­tre short-track race

Cape Breton Post - - 2010 WINTER OLYMPICS -

VAN­COU­VER (CP) — Canada’s pow­er­house short-track speed­skat­ing team is on the board at the Win­ter Olympics.

Mar­i­anne St-Ge­lais of StFeli­cien, Que., raced to a sil­ver medal in the women’s 500 me­tres on Wed­nes­day at Pa­cific Coli­seum.

Chi­nese star Wang Meng cruised to gold in 43.048 sec­onds.

St-Ge­lais fin­ished in 43.707 while Ari­anna Fon­tana of Italy took the bronze in 43.804.

“I just felt the great­est emo­tion of my life,” said Charles Hamelin, St-Ge­lais’ boyfriend and the top medal con­tender on the Cana­dian team. “ I don’t think I could have felt bet­ter if it was me winning the medal.”

Hamelin was in the back, sur­rounded by jour­nal­ists, watch­ing the race on TV when she crossed the fin­ish line.

Canada missed a chance at two medals af­ter Jes­sica Gregg of Ed­mon­ton fin­ished fourth in 44.204.

Canada’s top sprinter Ka­lyna Roberge of St-Eti­enne-deLau­zon, Que., failed to make it to the medal race. She was fourth in the event four years ago at the Turin Games.

Roberge and St-Ge­lais had a long em­brace af­ter the race.

Canada failed to make the podium on the first day of the Olympic short-track com­pe­ti­tion. The team is aim­ing for six medals at the Games.

In the men’s 1,000-me­tre elim­i­na­tion heats, broth­ers Charles and Fran­cois Hamelin ad­vanced to the quar­ter-fi­nals. Charles Hamelin briefly held the Olympic record Wed­nes­day, but it was beaten a few heats later by South Korea’s Sung Si-Bak.

Ni­co­las Bean of Ottawa also ad­vanced for the Ital­ian team. He passed Travis Jayner of Riverview, N.B., who is skat­ing for the United States, in the fi­nal strides of the heat.

Canada also ad­vanced to the fi­nal in the 5,000-me­tre men’s re­lay.

The Cana­dian Press

Canada's Mar­i­anne St-Ge­lais cel­e­brates af­ter winning the Olympic sil­ver medal in the women's 500 me­tre fi­nal in the short­track speed­skat­ing com­pe­ti­tion, Wed­nes­day, at the 2010 Van­cou­ver Olympic Win­ter Games in Van­cou­ver.

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