The British Short Track Speed Skaters dominated the senior men’s and ladies 500m finals on the second day of the ISU Star Class Cup today (Saturday 10th January) at Nottingham’s National Ice Centre, with four podium places for Team GB.
In the ladies 500m race, Elise Christie took Gold, while Charlotte Gilmartin followed closely behind in second. Third place went to Roza Kooystra from the Netherlands.
In a close men’s 500m final, Jon Eley took the top spot and Britain’s Paul Stanley finished just a split second behind. In third position was Dutch skater, René De Groot. Jack Whelbourne took fourth place after being given a penalty in the race.
In the men’s Junior B races, Youth Winter Olympic Gold Medallist, Jack Burrows, from Nottingham also finished top in this afternoon’s 500m final, putting him joint first in the overall classification so far.
GB Short Track Performance Director, Stuart Horsepool commented: “It’s been another successful day here in Nottingham. The Star Class Cup is designed to give skaters the opportunity to put what they’ve learnt in training into practice in a competitive environment.
“We’ve seen some really strong performances from the British skaters so far this weekend. We’re only two weeks away from the European Championships, so to have the chance to compete on home ice has been invaluable for the squad. We’re now looking forward to the final day of the competition, which will see the skaters compete in 1000m semi finals and finals. It’s not too late for the public to come along if they want to see a Winter Olympic sport up close on home ice”.
Tomorrow (Sunday 11th January) will see the 1000m semi finals and finals across all categories. There will also be a ceremony at 12pm for the event’s overall classification winners.
Stuart added: “The GB Short Track team did well in the 1000m heats today so tomorrow’s races are set to be really exciting. We may even have an all British A final in the men’s 1000m”.
The ISU Star Class Competition will continue on Sunday (11th January), starting at 8.30am and it is open for the public to attend. Tickets are still available online via the Capital FM Arena website at capitalfmarena.com. They can also be purchased on the door at the National Ice Centre. The competition will close at 1pm on Sunday.
For a full list of results and the programme for Sunday, go to shorttrackonline.info.