Canada Gold rush continues
Hosts take gold tally to ten thanks to speedskaters
Last Updated: 27/02/10 10:21am
Hamelin: double gold joy
Hosts Canada took their gold medal haul into double figures as their speedskaters claimed two more titles on Day 15 of the Vancouver Games.
Charles Hamelin emerged triumphant in a chaotic final of the men's 500m, in which his countryman Francois-Louis Tremblay took the bronze, and Hamelin helped himself to another gold in the men's 5000m relay final as he teamed up with brother Francois, Tremblay and Olivier Jean to finish first.
Canada pushed Korea down into the silver medal position with the bronze going to an American quartet including the USA's most decorated Winter Olympian, Apolo Anton Ohno, which took his Olympic medals tally to eight.
Hamelin's individual success came in a frantic 500m final which came to a hectic and controversial climax.
On the final bend, Ohno gave Tremblay a slight push, the Canadian in turn almost tripped compatriot Hamelin, who knocked over the race leader, South Korea's Ho-Suk Lee.
Hamelin somehow stayed on his feet to cross the line sideways ahead of Ohno, who was subsequently disqualified, Lee slid across the line on his stomach and was upgraded to silver, ahead of Tremblay, who got to his feet to claim bronze.
Hosts reach ice hockey final
The gold rush is not set to end there for the hosts either with their men reaching the men's ice hockey final, despite a nervy finale in their 3-2 semi-final victory over Slovakia.
Canada appeared to be cruising as they opened up a three-goal lead courtesy of Patrick Marleau, Brenden Morrow and Ryan Getzlaf.
But the Slovaks, surprise quarter-final winners over Olympic champions Sweden, got a goal back midway through the third and final period through Lubomir Visnovsky and, with just under five minutes of play remaining, Michal Handzus brought the game back to 3-2.
The Eastern Europeans pushed desperately for an equaliser in the final three minutes, but some desperate defending and saves from Vancouver Canucks goalkeeper Roberto Luongo ensured the home side survived.
They now face America in the final and a chance to avenge the defeat to their great rivals in the group stages.
Team USA had booked their place in Sunday's final earlier with a 6-1 demolition of Finland.
Swedes deny Canada in curling final
There was some disappointment for Canada on Friday as they lost out on gold to defending champions Sweden in the final of the women's curling.
The Swedes, skipped by Anete Norberg, produced a superb fightback to claw back a 6-4 deficit going into the tenth end to force the contest into an extra 11th end.
However, the Canadians, led by skip Cheryl Bernard, still held they advantage as they had possession of the hammer.
But, after Norberg put her final stone in the house to give Sweden two scoring stones, Bernard attempted to take out both Swedish rocks instead of drawing for victory and failed, removing only one, to hand the Swedes the gold.
"It felt like an easy shot for her so we just said, 'Oh, silver is good anyway'. Then we got the gold, unbelievable," said Sweden second Cathrine Lindahl.
Bernard said of her missed opportunity to deliver another gold for Canada: "I had two shots to win. You couldn't ask for any more of your team. They left them for and I didn't make them."
Earlier reigning world champions China won the bronze medal by beating Switzerland 12-6.