Ohno disqualified, Canada's Hamelin wins gold

Maggie Hendricks
February 27, 2010

Apolo Anton Ohno lost out on his bid for his eighth Olympic medal, getting disqualified in the 500 meter short track speedskate final. Canadian Charles Hamelin won the gold, followed by South Korean Si-Bak Sung with silver. Francois-Louis Tremblay took the bronze.

Ohno was in fourth for much of the race, and as he neared the final lap, he put his hand on Tremblay's hip. Tremblay went flying and took Sung with him. Hamelin maintained his lead, and Ohno quickly skated over the line, keeping his hope alive for silver.

Unfortunately for Ohno, the judges quickly made the call to disqualify him. In short-track speedskating, winners and losers are often decided by falls and judges decisions. This has benefited Ohno in the past. He had to shake this off quickly as he was scheduled to participate in the relay event on Friday evening.

This is a redemption for Hamelin and Tremblay. They were expected to do well for the host country in short track, but the men had not done well until Friday night. Hamelin's gold medal ties Canada with Germany atop the gold medal race with nine. The U.S. leads the overall medal race with 33.

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