The GB Short Track Speed Skating Performance squad is set to be selected after four exhilarating days of racing in Nottingham.
The first two days of competition saw Kathryn Thomson dominate in the women’s side of the event. Brothers Niall, Ethan and Farrell Treacy were consistently in podium positions in the men’ races. Jonathan Moody and Westley Yates were also regularly in contention.
Day three started with arguably one of the most exciting moments from the entire event. Elise Christie and Kathryn Thomson both crossed the line in a time of 02:45.071 in the women’s 1500m final. A photo finish was unable to separate the two, so a dead heat was called.
Thomson went on to win the 500m final with Christie taking gold in the 1000m final. Nottingham’s Holly Hoyland managed two third place finishes before ending the day in second in the 1000m just behind Christie.
Farrell Treacy looked to be continuing his good form from the opening two days of competition as he won the men’s 1500m. It would turn out to be his last finish of the event as he crashed out of the 500m quarter-final, withdrawing from the final races of day three as well as all distances on day four.
His brothers, Niall and Ethan, featured on the podium throughout the rest of the third day. Picking up first and third and first and second in the 500m and 1000m respectively. Jonathan Moody and Westley Yates the other two skaters to get podium places.
The final day saw much of the same as Kathryn Thomson was once again quick on the ice. She finished off what has been an excellent competition for her with victories ahead of Elise Christie in the 1500m and 500m. Holly Hoyland ended the meet on a high with first place in the 1000m, Thomson and Isabelle Roberts making up the podium places.
The final day of men’s races once again featured the Treacy brothers. Niall won the 1500m and 1000m while Ethan took top spot in the 500m. Jonathan Moody managed second in both the 1000m and 1500m with Theo Collins picking up two third place finishes in the 500m and 1000m.
The final GB Performance squad will be selected and announced in the coming days. Those picked will go on to compete at the European and World Championships as well as World Cups.
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