Today was the third and final day of the international short track speed skating event, Star Class in Nottingham. The second time the competition has come to Great Britain and Nottingham specifically; it saw a record number of skaters coming from around the world, from Italy to Germany, and even New Zealand.
With two days of strong skating and six medals already under their belt Olympic squad GB Short Track were in a good position coming in to today’s 1000m event. As skating began they didn’t disappoint.
Youngest squad member, Jonathan Moody, had a strong skate yesterday reaching his first A final and this was continued today. He successfully skated through to the 1000m A final where a dramatic race saw a restart and penalties leaving Moody with a podium place and a silver medal.
Up next and skating for the ladies, Kathryn Thomson was able to follow Friday’s 1500m bronze and yesterday’s 500m gold with another 1st place finish and gold medal in the 1000m event. Three days of strong skating and three medals later, Thomson is the overall winner for senior ladies at this event. For junior lady, Jennifer Pickering, three days of skating left her overall third in the competition claiming bronze.
Last to skate in the competition were the senior men and with Jack Whelbourne and Paul Stanley once again skating head to head with Netherlands for the A final it made for an exciting event. A tight finish saw GB end on a high with Whelbourne in first and Stanley taking a close second. For the overall event rankings this resulted in two podium positions with Whelbourne claiming gold and Stanley for bronze.
Recently retired GB Short Track skater, and Team Manager at the event, Jon Eley said;
"The team were fantastic this weekend. It has been a real pleasure having opportunity to work with them all as the Team Manager. With the European and World championships coming up over the next few months it has been great to get the skaters into the winning habit, one which we hope will continue."
The European Championships will take place in Sochi, Russia from 22nd to 24th January and will be shortly followed by the rest of the World Cup series. We wish the squad the best of luck as they skate through the rest of their season.
For full results from the Nottingham Star Class competition you can visit shorttrackonline
Published: Sunday 10th January 2016