Last weekend marked the first international competition of the season for Great Britain’s Short Track Speed Skating team. The competition which took place over 19th and 20th September in Dresden, Germany has shown great promise for the season ahead as all six skaters achieved personal bests in a variety of distances.
Day one saw Jack Burrows, Josh Cheetham, Murray Cochrane, Aydin Djemal and Jonathan Moody race in the men’s 1500m, 500m and the 3000m relay. Murray started strong, achieving a personal best in the heats with a time of 2.18.416 minutes and ending the race 14th overall against skaters from Germany, The Netherlands, Poland and Sweden. Josh also gave a good performance finishing 12th overall in the distance.
Later in the day, the men’s 500m was the scene for more personal achievements with Murray, Jonathan and Aydin all racing personal bests in the heats and quarter finals.
Day two saw Jack, Josh, Murray and Jonathan continue the streak as they all achieved personal bests in the 777m quarter and semi finals. Josh and Murray were neck to neck claiming 11th and 12th place in the distance overall.
Jennifer Pickering was the only female to represent Great Britain at the competition and she too had her share of records times. After a slower start finishing 18th in the 500m, day two saw her race through to the finals in the 777m claiming 11th place and a personal best time to match.
GB Short Track Coach Paul Worth said;
“Dresden was a great start for the team. For some of the skaters this was their first or second season skating for the squad so it was great to get so many personal bests under their belt to give them confidence in the season ahead. As always we come away from this with plenty to learn from and all of the skaters will be back training this week to prepare for their next appearance.”
Full results listings including each athlete’s personal best history can be found at ShortTrackOnline.info
The next international competition for GB Short Track will be The Holland Invitation Cup in October. To follow the team’s progress throughout the season you can stay up to date with news on the NISA website, follow Twitter @GB_ShortTrack or Facebook ‘GB Short Track’