Christie shows class with World Championship silver
March 15, 2014 21:21 pm
Elise Christie went some way to making up for Winter Olympic disappointment after claiming a stunning silver on the second day of the World Championships in Montreal.
Christie, effectively disqualified in all three of the individual short track speed skating events at Sochi 2014, took world 500m silver behind Korean Park Hi-Seung in Canada.
It was Park who Christie was involved with a collision with in the 500m final at the Winter Olympics last month but there was no such drama this time as they finished one two.
Christie led throughout but was overtaken by Park on the final bend – but silver still represents a fine achievement given her rough time at the Winter Olympics.
She had begun the World Championships with a fifth in the 1500m and still has her favoured 1000m, in which she won global bronze last year, to come.
Kexin Fan took bronze in the four-strong ladies 500m final while in the men’s race Wu Dajing was victorious as Brits Richard Shoebridge and Jack Whelbourne exited earlier.
Whelbourne was penalised in the heats and Shoebridge didn’t advance beyond the quarter-finals while Christie’s teammate in the ladies’ 500m Charlotte Gilmartin was denied at the same stage.
Shoebridge and Whelbourne returned to the ice for the men’s relay semi-finals along with Jon Eley and Paul Stanley with the British quartet booking their place in the final.
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