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Christie close to second World Championship medal

March 14, 2014 18:57 pm

Elise Christie narrowly missed the opportunity to bounce back from Winter Olympic disappointment, as she finished fifth in the 1500m World Championship final in Montreal.

Christie, who won bronze in last year's World Championship 1000m in Debrecen, suffered a string of setbacks in Sochi last month and didn’t manage to land a medal in the short track speed skating, but this weekend’s events in Canada offer the opportunity to bounce back.

After successfully navigating the heats and semi-finals on Friday, she line up alongside six rivals in the first final of the World Championships.

However, the 23-year-old’s time of 2:34.972 was marginally off the pace as Suk Hee Shim led a Korean one-two-three in the race, with compatriots Alang Kim and Seung Hi-Park completing the podium.

Earlier in the day Charlotte Gilmartin had exited at the semi-final stage, having eased through her heat, while there was little success for Britain’s men.

Jack Whelbourne was eliminated at the heat stage, after incurring a penalty, while Richard Shoebridge also missed out on a semi-final spot.

Charles Hamlin went on to land the men’s 1500m final in front of a home crowd, while Tianyu Han of China and Korean Se Yeong Park were second and third respectively.

And Christie will once again lead the British hopes on Saturday, in the 500m, before Sunday’s 1000m event.