Elise Christie turned up the pressure on Korea after dominating the 1000m distance at the 4th ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating competition of the season.
On the new home ground for the Korean skaters, and the new 2018 Olympic venue, the Gangneung Ice Arena, Christie produced some class skating to round off the last world cup of the calendar year.
European Champion Elise, took the gold medal on Saturday in the 1000m (1) final, after beating Min Jeong Choi of Korea and Maria-Eve Drolet of Canada, completing the race in 1.29.339. Still a way off her personal best of 1.27.502, which she set this season in Salt Lake City. The world record stands at 1.26.661 (Suk Hee Shim, Korea)
In Sunday’s 1000m (2) final, Elise took control of the race at the halfway point, accelerating to give herself a clear lead and staying ahead, leaving Yihan Guo (China) and world record holder Suk Hee Shim in second and third. Elise’s final time was 1:32.869.
Christie, 26, is now in second place in the 1000m world rankings behind Min Jeong Choi. She remains top of the the table in the 500m world rankings despite opting out of competing in the 500m this world cup to focus on the two 1000m events. The 500m here in Korea, was won by Min Jeong Choi of Korea.
Elise Christie’s world cup gold medal tally this season is stacking up. Three 500m golds, and two 1000m golds plus a new world record holder in the 500m is a massive inspiration to the rest of the GB team.
Elise, happy with her performance in the new Olympic venue said: “It doesn’t get better than that, it’s amazing to be taking on these nations at their home venues. I like the new Olympic stadium and can’t wait to be back here again."
Charlotte Gilmartin reached her third world cup 1500m final this season, consistently creating the opportunities but not yet converting into a medal place. There were also personal bests for the team over the weekend in the 1000m, Charlotte with 1.31.184 and Kathryn Thomson with 1:30.390.
In the mens events, Richard Shoebridge, Farrell Treacy and Josh Cheetham all reached quarter finals stages.
The GB Short Track Speed Skating team will return to the ice for the European Championships in Turin, Italy, 13th -15th January 2017.