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Day 2: ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships

Today at the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Seoul, Korea; skaters competed in the 500 and 1500 metre distances.

First up with the 1500m event, Elise Christie made her way through to what was a scrappy A final. Doing well not to be taken out with the other skaters that fell, Christie raced hard and was able to claim a third place finish and a bronze medal for the distance behind competition from Canada and Korea.

Photo credit: Martin Holtom

Charlotte Gilmartin was also faced with a difficult race in the B final; again she was lucky not to be taken out during the various bumps and knocks. Putting her tactics into action Gilmartin raced well and finished 4th in her race.

Having missed half the season due to injury, Jack Whelbourne did extremely well to skate through to the A final, surviving knocks from multi Olympic medallist Charles Hamalin along the way. A strong skate left Whelbourne in a very respectable 6th place for the 1500m distance.

Photo credit: Martin Holtom

The last event for the GB Short Track squad was the 500m and once again, Jack Whelbourne had a strong skate, winning his B final race and finishing in 5th place overall.

For the ladies, a tough set of races saw Elise Christie knocked out of the competition after the quarter finals. Charlotte Gilmartin was able to make her way into the B final and having taken to the front of the race she was unfortunate not to hold on to it, finishing 2nd in her group and 6th overall.

Photo credit: Martin Holtom

Watching events unfold this weekend, GB Short Track Performance Director, Stewart Laing said;

“Today was a mixed day of racing. GB skaters held their own in some tough races and should be proud with the outcomes of today. Clearly there is more potential to come from these skaters and we didn’t fully convert all medal potential today; in saying that we made 2 A finals and 3 B finals, took a bronze medal in the 1500m and had 3 skaters in the top 6 across 1500m and 500m. With Jack and Elise both in the 1000m main events tomorrow and currently in qualifying spots for the super 3000km it’s set to be an interesting day of racing”.

Full results from today’s skating can be found here: shorttrack.sportresult.com

Stay posted for live medal alerts and competition coverage over the next two days on Twitter: @GB_ShortTrack and Facebook: ‘GB Short Track’ using #WChSeoul

 

Published: 12th March 2016