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Charlotte Gilmartin leads by example

Today was the final day of the 5th ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup this season, at the EnergieVerbund Arena, Dresden in Germany today.


The GB Short Track team competing at this event have been, Charlotte Gilmartin, Kathryn Thomson, Jennifer Pickering, and Hannah Morrison in the ladies, and Farrell Treacy, Billy Simms, Josh Cheetham, Aydin Djemal, Jack Burrows and Jonathan Moody in the men’s. World Record holder Elise Christie missed the event due to recovery from concussion.


Team Captain Charlotte Gilmartin, 26, had another successful weekend, off the back of her 1,500m European Championship bronze medal in Italy last month. She took the 1,500m (1) bronze yesterday here in Germany in a time of 2.28.187, behind Kim Boutin (Canada), and Rianne de Vries (Netherlands). Its her first world cup medal of the season and she now moves from 7th place to 4th in the world cup ranking.


She said: “I’m feeling ecstatic about picking up my second bronze medal of the season, I feel like I am going in the right direction for next year, and towards the end of this season I feel like I am peaking, so I am in a really good place.”


Today, Charlotte competed in the 500m quarter finals, and in the fastest quarter final of the event. She was unable however to get ahead of the two Canadian skaters Marianne St Gelais and Kasandra Bradette, putting herself out of the running for a medal.


The British team included three athletes performing at this level for the first time (Djemal, Burrows and Moody), and has been an opportunity for them to gain experience. Notable performances include Aydin Djemal’s confident debut in the mens 5,000m relay, and Farrell Treacy who beat his personal bests in the 1,000m and 1500m, reaching semi final stages in both.

The 6th and final world cup event of the season will be in Minsk, Belarus 10th - 12th February 2017.