01/16/2015 11:05 EST | Updated 03/18/2015 05:59 EDT

St-Gelais and Hamelin win 1,500 metre races at senior championships

MONTREAL - Marianne St-Gelais and Charles Hamelin claimed top spots in the 1,500 metre races on Friday at the Canadian senior short track championships.

St-Gelais won the women's race in two minutes and 24,532 seconds. The Saint-Felicien, Que., native finished ahead of Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, Que. and Audrey Phaneuf of Boucherville, Que.

Taking advantage just before the last two laps, St-Gelais advanced from third place to win the race.

"I saw it develop right in front of me, so I was able to step in quickly and choose my spot," said St-Gelais, who has won six individual medals on the world cup circuit this season. "I'm satisfied with my race, I managed it well without losing too much energy."

Hamelin, a native of Sainte-Julie, Que., won the men's race in 2:13.564. Samuel Girard, of Ferland-et-Boilleau, Que., and Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que. finished second and third respectively.

"There was a lot going on (in the race)," said Hamelin. "The level was quite high in the final, with all seven skaters having the level it takes to win it. I mostly tried to stay away from trouble."

Hamelin has won four individual medals so far in the world cup season.