Canada's Hamelin wins 1,500 short track

The Sports NetworkFebruary 10, 2014 

Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Canadian Charles Hamelin held off China's Han Tianyu and Russia's Viktor Ahn to win the men's 1,500-meter short track speedskating competition on Monday.

Hamelin turned in a time of 2 minutes, 14.985 seconds to secure his fourth Olympic medal, including his third gold. The 29-year-old won gold in the 500 and 5,000-meter relay in Vancouver after earning silver as part of Canada's relay squad in Turin.

The 17-year-old Han crossed the finish line in 2:15.055 to secure silver, followed closely by Ahn, who became the first Russian ever to earn a medal in short track.

Ahn won gold in this event in 2006 for South Korea, but failed to qualify for the 2010 Olympics and after a falling out with his home country, the 28-year- old Russian citizen decided to compete for this year's host nation.

American J.R. Celski finished just outside of medal contention in fourth.

The final for the women's 3,000-meter relay was also decided Monday, with Korea, Canada, China and Italy making up the four teams competing for gold.

Korea turned in the top time of 4:08.052 to win the first heat, followed closely by Canada.

China, which edged Canada for gold in this event in Vancouver, won the second heat with a time of 4:09.555, while Italy secured the last spot in the final with a time of 4:11.282.

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