SOCHI, Russia - Canadian short-track speedskater Charles Hamelin has won a gold medal in the men's 1,500 metres at the Sochi Olympics.

It could be the first of many for the Ste-Julie, Que., native, who is a medal favourite in his three other events.

He finished in two minutes 14.985 seconds Monday, edging Han Tianyu of China.

Viktor Ahn earned the bronze, giving Russia its first-ever short-track medal. J.R. Celsi, the 2010 bronze medallist from Federal Way, Wash., finished fourth.

As Hamelin entered the final lap in the lead, his girlfriend and teammate Marianne St-Gelais couldn't control her excitement, racing from her seat to the sidelines to give him a congratulatory hug.

The gold in the 1,500 was a bit of a surprise given it's not the 29-year-old's best event. He finished seventh in Vancouver where he won gold in the 500 and the 5,000-metre relay. He also has a silver from the 2006 Turin Olympics.

He has been virtually unbeatable this season, winning six World Cup races.

Francois Hamelin, Charles' brother, and Michael Gilday of Yellowknife didn't advance to the final. Gilday was disqualified in the semis and Hamelin was second in the B final.

In the women's 500 preliminaries, St-Gelais, from Saint-Felicien, Que., Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C., and Valerie Maltais of La Baie, Que., all advanced from the heats.

St-Gelais, Hewitt, Maltais and Marie-Eve Drolet of Chicoutimi, Que., also advanced in the women's 3,000-metre relay.

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: Gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Canada celebrates by kissing Marianne St-Gelais qafter wiining the Short Track Men's 1500m Final on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

  • Short Track Speed Skating - Winter Olympics Day 3

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: Gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Canada celebrates with Marianne St-Gelais after wiining the Short Track Men's 1500m Final on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Silver medalist Tianyu Han of China, gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Canada and bronze medalist Victor An of Russia celebrate on the podium during the flower ceremony for the Short Track Men's 1500m Final on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

  • Short Track Speed Skating - Winter Olympics Day 3

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Silver medalist Tianyu Han of China, gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Canada and bronze medalist Victor An of Russia celebrate on the podium during the flower ceremony for the Short Track Men's 1500m Final on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • Short Track Speed Skating - Winter Olympics Day 3

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: Gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Canada celebrates during the flower ceremony for the Short Track Men's 1500m Final on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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    Canada's Charles Hamelin (R) celebrates with a teammate after winning the gold medal in the Men's Short Track 1500 m Final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Short Track Speed Skating - Winter Olympics Day 3

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: Gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Canada celebrates after winning the Short Track Men's 1500m Final on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

  • Short Track Speed Skating - Winter Olympics Day 3

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: Gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Canada celebrates after wiining the Short Track Men's 1500m Final on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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    Canada's Charles Hamelin celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the gold medal in the Men's Short Track 1500 m Final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Short Track Speed Skating - Winter Olympics Day 3

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: Charles Hamelin of Canada and Tianyu Han of China compete in the Short Track Men's 1500m Final on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • Short Track Speed Skating - Winter Olympics Day 3

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: Charles Hamelin of Canada and Tianyu Han of China compete in the Short Track Men's 1500m Final on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • Short Track Speed Skating - Winter Olympics Day 3

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: Gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Canada celebrates after wiining the Short Track Men's 1500m Final on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

  • Short Track Speed Skating - Winter Olympics Day 3

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: Gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Canada celebrates after wiining the Short Track Men's 1500m Final on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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    Canada's Charles Hamelin celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Men's Short Track 1500 m Final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Canada's Charles Hamelin competes in the Men's Short Track 1500 m Heats at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)