Quebec's Charles Hamelin leads World Cup speed skating rankings
Charles Hamelin skates to a first place finish ahead of his brother Francois Hamelin, centre, and Francois-Louis Tremblay during the final of the men's 500-metre race at the 2014 Canadian short track speedskating team selections in Montreal, Sunday, August 18, 2013. (Graham Hughes / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Saturday, October 5, 2013 6:30PM EDT
SEOUL, South Korea - Charles Hamelin is the leader in the World Cup of short-track speed skating rankings after winning the 1,500-metre race on Saturday at an event in Seoul, South Korea.
Hamelin, from Levis, Que., won in two minutes 16.604 seconds, edging out South Korea's Han-Bin Lee (2:16.760) and Russia's Victor An (2:16.922). Francois Hamelin, brother of Charles, placed fifth in 2:18.850.
"It was cool to race this final with my brother," said Charles Hamelin. "I had beautiful passes during the race, but the Russian passed me in the penultimate lap. I was able to pass him just before crossing the finish line, which got me my first win of the season in the 1,500 metre."
Charles Hamelin's performances in South Korea and Shanghai, China, have put him at the top of the overall World Cup rankings ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
"I came to Asia to win medals, but I have to admit that I am being surprised with my performances," said Hamelin. "I am pleased because I do not consider myself at the top of my game.
"It looks good for the Olympics, because in a few months, I will be even faster and stronger."