Winter Olympics: Hamelin claims fourth gold as Canada win short track relay

(From left) Canada's Jordan Pierre-Gilles and Charles Hamelin celebrate after their team won gold, on Feb 16, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Charles Hamelin claimed his fourth Olympic title as he led Canada to the gold medal in short track speed skating men's 5,000 metres relay on Wednesday (Fed 16).

His teammate Steven Dubois held off a late challenge by the pink-haired Kwak Yoon-gy as Canada improved from their third place at the 2018 Olympics to beat South Korea.

With six gold medals, only Russian Viktor Ahn has more Olympic titles than Hamelin.

Dubois' victory scream tore up the near silence that had descended on the Capital Indoor Stadium after China's hopes vanished when Sun Long lost his balance with less than a third of the race remaining.

Italy took the bronze medal when they beat the Russian Olympic Committee by 0.009 seconds - at the end of an effort lasting more than six minutes.

Dubois, Hamelin, Jordan Pierre-Gilles and Pascal Dion clocked 6 minutes 41.257 seconds.

Hamelin won his first gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games and now has six Olympic medals to his name.

A usually quiet place at this Games, the Capital Indoor Stadium burst into life as China's Wu Dajing and his teammates took to the ice for their 45 laps.

South Korea set the early pace with China sitting in last position. The host nation were still fourth with 20 laps to go.

Wu moved them one spot up 17 laps from the finish as Canada took control at the front. Sun Long, however, lost his balance with 13 laps remaining.

It was then a two-team battle for the title and Canada stayed ahead.

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