Hamelin wins bronze in 500 metres at World Cup short-track event
MINSK, Belarus - Canada’s Francois Hamelin earned his first medal of the season, a bronze in the men’s 500 metres on Sunday at the final World Cup stage of the shorttrack speed-skating season. Hamelin, from Sainte-Julie, Que., finished behind two skaters from Kazakhstan, Denis Nikisha and Abzal Azhgaliyev, in the 500-metre final. It was his first medal this season and his first on the World Cup circuit since he earned gold and bronze in the two 500-metre events held in Nagoya, Japan, in December 2015. Guillaume Bastille of Rivieredu-Loup, Que., qualified for the A final and finished in fourth place in the second 1,000-metre event of the weekend. On Saturday, Bastille took sixth place in the A final of the 1,500 metres.