Charles Hamelin has won the men’s 1500 metres short track speed skating gold medal at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
On Monday, the older of the two Hamelin brothers at the Olympics quickly became Team Canada’s final hope for a medal in the event after younger brother François finished out of the top two in the first semifinal and relegated to Final B. Teammate Michael Gilday was penalized in the next race, putting the weight of the country on Charles’ capable speed skating blades.
Hamelin won the third semifinal with a time of 2:14:48 before his start-to-finish dominant display in Final A, where he led all but three of the 13 laps for his gold medal in 2:14.98.
Tianyu Han of China came second and Victor An, who now represents Russia after previously skating for South Korea, was third.
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