Canada fails to advance in 5,000-metre relay race

Canadian speed skater Francois Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., crashes during the men's 5,000 metre...

Canadian speed skater Francois Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., crashes during the men's 5,000 metre short-track relay semifinal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, on Wednesday February 12, 2014. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

SOCHI, RUSSIA - Charles Hamelin’s bid for four gold medals at the Sochi Games is reduced by one.

The Canadian men’s short-track speedskating relay team failed to qualify in the 5,000-metre semifinal on Thursday after a nasty spill took them out out contention.

Hamelin’s brother, Francois, crashed with 23 laps remaining and while the Canadian crew gained ground over the closing stages of the race, could not avoid finishing last.

Charles Hamelin won gold in the men’s 5,000-metre race earlier in the race with a dominating front-running effort and is a strong contender in both the 500- and 1,000 metres still to come on his Olympic menu. But the 5,000 was supposed to be one of his strongest hopes as the Canadians are looking to repeat the gold they won in Vancouver.

Canadian Marianne St-Gelais also fared poorly in her event, ladies' 500m, finishing seventh in the final.


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