GB Short Track secured its fourth World Cup medal of the season over the weekend with Charlotte Gilmartin taking home a bronze medal in the 1500m in Shanghai, China.
Competing in the first World Cup A final of her career, Charlotte skated a tactically excellent race to secure her first medal on the world cup circuit. Finishing with a time of 2:33.411, her toughest competition came from Choi Minjeong from Korea, and Tao Jiaying from China, 1st and 2nd place respectively.
Overwhelmed with the achievement, Charlotte said;
“I have been working hard on technique with my coach all season and reaching new personal bests throughout the year, so confidence has been building. I am delighted to finally show this progression in racing on the World Cup circuit.”
Representing Great Britain alongside Charlotte were teammates Elise Christie, Richard Shoebridge, Paul Stanley, Josh Cheetham, Murray Cochrane and Farrell Treacy.
Elise Christie, who has so far achieved three medals in the ISU World Cup series, won two of her B Finals over the weekend and finished 5th overall in the 500m and 1000m. The result places her 2nd in the 500m World Rankings against her toughest rival, Fan Kexin of China.
Murray Cochrane qualified through to the 1500m semi-final in a time of 2:13.278, beating the previous British record of 2:14.091 achieved by Jack Whelbourne in the first round at the 2014 Sochi Olympics en route to becoming the first Briton to reach an Olympic 1500m short track final. Murray finished in 17th position overall backed up by Farrell Treacy who finished in 26th. Richard Shoebridge progressed through the repechage to the quarter finals of the men’s 500m, finishing in 16th position overall.
Nicky Gooch, Head Coach GB Short Track, said;
“The World Cups in Nagoya, Japan and Shanghai, China represented a key point in our progression towards the 2018 Olympics in Pyeonchang. In addition to providing us with the opportunity to expose the athletes on the Podium Potential level of the World Class Programme to this level of competition it also enabled us to expose them to the challenges presented by long haul travel. The experience that they as individuals and we have a team have gleaned from this will enhance our preparation for Pyeonchang.”
In the New Year the GB Short Track team will compete at the Star Class Event hosted in the UK at the National Ice Centre from 8th to 10th January, en route to the European Championships which take place at the Olympic rink in Sochi from 22nd to 24th January.
Full weekend results are available online here.
Published 14th December 2015