The second day at the international short track speed skating competition, Star Class 2016, has once again been full of medals for our very own GB Short Track.
Kicking things off was the ladies 500m event and having secured a bronze in yesterday’s 1500m, Katherine Thomson led the way to gold beating off stiff competition from the Netherlands and Italy. Whilst team mate and yesterday’s 1500m winner, Charlotte Gilmartin didn’t skate today due to injury, the overall event rankings still place her in second behind Thomson – a great position for the GB ladies to be in with one day of racing to go.
On the ice after the ladies, Jack Whelbourne and Paul Stanley once again skated their way to a final which saw them head to head with the Netherlands. A close last lap left Whelbourne taking the gold and Stanley split seconds behind for the bronze. The men skate through to tomorrow’s 1000m event with Whelbourne currently ranking 1st overall having the top 10 spots dominated by Great Britain and the Netherlands.
“Today has been a really positive day for me. I managed to work on my performance from yesterday and as a result I was able to stay on my feet for the 500m.
“Tomorrow I will be skating again in the 1000m and although it is a good distance for me I will still be looking at my skate today and finding things to learn from and improve on.
“It’s been great to get back on the international scene this weekend and I’m looking forward to taking what I’ve learnt here with me into the Worlds!”
Skating in the latter part of the day, junior GB Short Track member Jonathan Moody showed great promise as he soared through the heats and gained a position in the A finals. As the newest member of the team and his first time in the Nottingham Star Class competition, Moody put in a great performance which led to a personal best time in the 500m event.
Tomorrow will be final leg of the competition and with nine GB Short Track skaters currently in top 10 positions in the overall rankings, Great Britain is in a strong position.
Published: Saturday 9th January 2016