Elise Christie has this weekend made history at the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships by becoming the first ever female Briton to win two medals at the event. Christie scooped another Silver medal in the women’s 1,000m event yesterday (Sunday, 15th March), after taking Silver in 500m on Saturday (14th March).
The Scottish born speed skater, who now lives in Nottingham, finished fourth overall in the World Championships this weekend, missing out on third place by just two points to last year’s World Champion, Shim Suk Hee of Korea.
Italy’s Arianna Fontana took second place overall, while Minjeong Choi of Korea, who beat Christie in yesterday’s 1,000m race to take Gold, claimed the title as overall World Champion.
Christie commented: “It feels really good to have been able to deliver here in Moscow. I would have obviously liked to finish in the top three overall having missed out by only two points, but considering everything that has happened over the past few weeks I’m really pleased to be coming home with another two medals.
“After the disappointment in Sochi last year, I wanted to come back fighting this season. To gain the European title and now get two medals at the World Championships feels like a great end to the season”.
Stuart Horsepool, Performance Director for GB Short Track added: “Elise has done a superb job this weekend. She’s worked so hard on a daily basis to get these results and right now she is feeling a huge sense of satisfaction that she’s been able to deliver”.
The concluding day of the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships also saw Jon Eley and Jack Whelbourne compete in the men’s 1,000m event. Eley reached the quarter finals and placed 14th in the distance, while Whelbourne took 9th place after racing in the semi final.
The men’s relay team, which was made up of Jon Eley, Jack Whelbourne, Richard Shoebridge and Billy Simms, took second place in the 5,000m B Final yesterday to finish sixth overall. They lost out to World Championship hosts, Russia, who finished first in the B Final in front of a home crowd.
Horsepool said: “It’s been a fantastic World Championships this year and a superb end to the season for the Senior team. I’m really pleased with how well we did overall as a team – everyone skated well in the individual events and the relay, and we’ve met all our targets for the season. It’s incredibly satisfying that we’ve been able to deliver this weekend, as ultimately, that’s what performance sport is all about.
“It’s not just about what we do now; it’s also about what we can do in the future. We’re now three seasons away from PyeongChang 2018 and based on this season’s performances, I think everyone is on track. The whole squad have become progressively better this season, which is really important. We need to stay focused and work hard to continue achieving results with the younger skaters in the programme, whilst also bringing good skaters through the system”.
The GB athletes are all part of the National Ice Skating Association’s (NISA) World Class Short Track Programme.
For a full list of results from the weekend, go to shorttrack.sportresult.com.
This weekend (Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd March), will see the Junior squad compete in their final event of the season, the Europa Cup Final, in Oberstdorf, Germany. Murray Cochrane and Farrell Treacy will compete in the senior men’s event, Jack Burrows will race in the U17 competition, and Jennifer Pickering will compete against the U19 ladies. To follow results, go to www.shorttrackonline.info.