Team Canada won the gold medal on Sunday in a World Cup men’s 5000m relay event from Nagoya, Japan. The Canadian team comprised of three-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time Olympic medalist Charles Hamelin of Levis, Quebec, Olympic bronze medalist Pascal Dion of Montreal, Quebec, Steven Dubois of Lachenaie, Quebec, and Jordan Pierre-Gilles of Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Hamelin, Dion, Dubois and Pierre-Gilles posted a gold medal winning time of six minutes, 52.272 seconds. They reached the podium by 0.917 seconds. Italy was in fourth place with a time of 6:53.189. China won the silver medal with a time of 6:52.285 and Hungary won the bronze medal with a time of 6:52.386.
With the bronze medal, Canada moves into third place in the World Cup standings with 12621 points. Hungary leads with 14400 points. China is in second place with 13120 points.
Meanwhile, Dion won the bronze medal for Canada on Sunday in the men’s 1000 metres. Dion posted a third place time of 1:26.554 to reach the podium by 0.163 seconds over Brandon Kim of the United States, with a time of 1:26.717. Ziwei Ren of China won the gold medal with a time of 1:26.297 and Itzhak de Laat of the Netherlands won the silver medal with a time of 1:26.533.
Dion moves into first place in the World Cup standings in the men’s 1500 metres with 12800 points. He has 2519 more points than Ren, who is in second place with 10281 points.
Hamelin and Dion won a gold medal together in the men’s 5000 metre short track speed skating relay at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Hamelin also won gold in the men’s 500 metres and men’s 5000 metre relay at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, a gold medal in the men’s 1500 metres at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and a silver medal in the men’s 5000 metre relay at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin. The medals for Canada will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.