By Emily Goddard

Marianne St-Gelais has claimed gold in the women's 1,000 metres in Salt Lake City ©Getty ImagesMarianne St-Gelais of Canada and Russia's Viktor Ahn have claimed the first gold medals of the 2014-2015 International Skating Union World Cup Short Track Speed Skating Series in Salt Lake City today.

Olympic medallist St-Gelais claimed gold in the women's 1,000 metres race after taking the lead from South Korea's Minjeong Choi, who had led from the off, with less than four laps to go.

Choi had to settle for silver, while Chinese Sochi 2014 Olympic silver medallist Kexin Fan claimed third place.

Olympic and world champion Ahn claimed victory in the men's equivalent of the race ahead of South Korean world bronze medallist Se Yeong Park and Sochi 2014 bronze medallist Sjinkie Knegt of The Netherlands.

Meanwhile, South Korea dominated the 1,500m events, with world champion and defending World Cup series winner Suk Hee Shim securing victory in the women's race ahead of her compatriot Alang Kim.

Da Woon Sin secured victory in the men's 1,500m race ©Getty ImagesDa Woon Sin secured victory in the men's 1,500m race ©Getty Images

Multiple Olympic medallist Arianna Fontana of Italy earned third place.

In the men's race, World Championship gold medallist Da Woon Sin beat Charles Hamelin of Canada to take first place, with Sin's fellow South Korean Jung-Su Lee claiming third place.

Elsewhere, South Korea, China, Canada and Russia advanced in the women's 3,000m relay, while South Korea, China, Russia and the United States advanced to the men's final.

Action at the World Cup continues tomorrow with the women's and men's 500m and the second 1,000m events.

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