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Britain's John Eley falls short in speed skating

Canada's men's relay team

Hamelin nails dream finish with two golds

Speed skater Jon Eley trailed home last in the semi-finals of the men's 500m to all but end Britain's hopes of adding to their one medal in Vancouver.

Eley was tipped as a medal chance but failed to reach the final on Friday.

Canada's Charles Hamelin won gold, ahead of South Korea's Si-Bak Sung and team-mate Francois-Louis Trembley.

In the women's 1000m China's Meng Wang won gold ahead of Katherine Reutter of the United States with South Korea's Park Seung-hi taking the bronze.

For Wang it was her third gold medal of the Games adding to her success in the 500m and 3,000m relay.

"I really feel these three medals belong to my team," said Wang of her three gold medals in Vancouver.

"China have won four gold medals in Vancouver, it's very special. I haven't been well the last few days and I want to thank my coach and team-mates for their support."

Eley's individual campaign in Vancouver came to an end in disappointing fashion when he finished third from four in the 'B' final, ahead only of South Korea's Ho-Suk Lee, who cruised round in last place.

"It was always going to be tough to get a medal and it wasn't my race today," said Eley.

"I would have liked a medal and that's what I trained for and came here for but sixth place isn't too bad.

"I think the last three or four years have been really good and the key thing is for it to start from day one in terms of looking at the next Games, not just starting when the next Games are on the horizon.

"I still believe I can go to Sochi and win a medal. There's still a lot more to come and I can get technically better."

The final ended in chaos when Apolo Anton Ohno, last of the four, appeared to push Tremblay, setting off a domino effect which saw Tremblay take out Sung and wobble Hamelin.

Hamelin managed to stay upright and fumble his way over the line ahead of Ohno, who was disqualified. Sung, who sailed over the line head-first, was promoted to silver while Tremblay was given bronze. It also meant Eley finished sixth overall.

For Canada it was their ninth gold medal of the 2010 Games, with the men's 5,000m relay team later adding to that tally.

Hamelin guided the hosts to victory in a scintillating A final race at the Pacific Coliseum with South Korea taking the silver, Ohno's eighth Olympic medal, and the US the bronze.

In the B final Eley inspired Great Britain to victory timing his finish to perfection to beat the German team at the Pacific Coliseum as they finished sixth overall.



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