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2014 Sochi Games

Hewitt races for gold in women's 500m

Kamloops native Jessica Hewitt will go for her first of two medals Thursday morning at the Olympics in Sochi.

Hewitt will skate in the 500m women's short track speed skating quarter-finals.

The event is slated to begin at 2 a.m. Pacific Time.

Semi-finals and finals are scheduled for later in the morning.

Click here for a complete schedule of times and results.

Hewitt moved onto the quarter-finals with the second quickest time of all skaters in the qualifying heats on Monday.

She finished with a time of 43.447 seconds in her heat, behind only Kexin Fan of China (43.356).

Ironically, Fan was in Hewitt's heat Monday and will be in her quarter-final heat Thursday morning.

Reigning Olympic silver medalist Marianne St. Gelais of Canada and bronze medalist Arianna Fontana of Italy also qualified for the quarter-finals.

Hewitt will have another medal opportunity next Tuesday as a member of Canada's 3,000m women's relay team. That team qualified for the final with the second best time behind Korea.

She is the first of 10 regional athletes with a chance to win a medal.

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