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Two world cup medals for Elise Christie in Seoul

After breezing through the earlier rounds, and finishing first in both semi finals, the Scottish born skater - who lives and trains in Nottingham - raced her way to third place in the 500m on Saturday (20th December), and then repeated her success in 1000m today (Sunday 21st December).

In 1000m, Christie came in a split second behind Canada’s Marianne St-Gelais in a time of 1minute, 33.45seconds. She finished just ahead of the current World Cup leader in the 1000m distance, Shim Suk Hee of Korea.

She did equally as well in 500m, crossing the finish line just behind China’s Fan Kexin and Korea’s Jeon Ji-Soo, who took first and second respectively. Russia’s Sofia Prosvirnova finished fourth after falling during the first lap. 

GB Short Track Performance Director, Stuart Horsepool commented: “Elise battled through the earlier rounds in Seoul this weekend and her place in the finals was very much deserved. I was particularly impressed with her performance in the semi finals, where she skated with grit and really showed us what she is capable of. She raced with much more confidence this weekend, which shows that sending her out to Asia to compete over the last two weekends has been worthwhile.

“Last weekend in Shanghai was tough for Elise, but she has come back this week and really proved herself”.
This weekend’s competition proved more difficult for Nottingham born Jack Whelbourne, after he received a penalty in the 1500m semi final, putting him in 20th place overall in that distance.
Horsepool added: “I’m not concerned that Jack didn’t medal in Seoul this weekend, as he still achieved what he went out there to do, which was to gain more top level competition experience. He trained really hard going into the competition, but he’s tired at the moment which has a big impact on racing ability as the skaters have to be sharp and alert at all times.

“We had a very small team out in Asia for World Cup 3 and 4 and they showed a lot of resilience to keep going. I expected them to skate better than they did in Shanghai last weekend, which they have done. The past two weeks of competition have been a valuable learning experience for Jack and Elise. After competing here, we can identify areas for them to work on to build on their performance for the remainder of the season”. 

For a full list of results from World Cup 4 in Seoul, go to shorttrack.sportresult.com. To watch their performances from this weekend, go to http://livemanager.eurovision.edgesuite.net/isu/index.html.

Next up for the British short track speed skaters is the British Championships at Nottingham’s National Ice Centre (NIC) on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th January 2015, followed by the ISU International Star Class competition (9th – 11th January), also taking place at Nottingham’s NIC.

Tickets are available to purchase for the ISU Star Class competition on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th January, priced at just £5 each, or £12 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children). To buy tickets, go to www.capitalfmarena.com