Ahn, who won three Olympic gold medals for South Korea at the
2006 Turin Games but now skates for Russia, will be joined by
his training mate Vladimir Grigorev in the final.
The two men will seek to add to the host nation's first ever
medal in short track, seized by Ahn in the 1,500m.
They will race Wu Dajing of China, Sin Da-woon of South Korea
and Knegt Sjinkie of the Netherlands for the medals.
Canadian Hamelin had been chasing Ahn in the quarter-finals when
his legs went flying and he spun out into the boards, taking
down American Eduardo Alvarez, who came away with a bloody lip.
"You know, the ice broke under my blades and the next thing I
know I was into the boards," sighed a downcast Hamelin, who had
been a favorite going into the race after he grabbed gold in the
men's 1,500 meters on Monday.
(Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel; editing by Peter Rutherford)
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