Christie and Gilmartin progress to 500m quarters in Sochi

10 February 2014 / 11:18

Great Britain's Elise Christie and Charlotte Gilmartin both secured progress to Thursday's 500m short track speed skating quarter-finals at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Both were drawn in the outside lane in their four skater heat and needed to work hard to establish themselves in the race.

But World medallist Christie, whose main target in Russia is the 1000m and 1500m, won her heat and was pleased to shake off her competition nerves.

"When I saw the draw I was a bit upset, I knew it was going to be a challenge," she said.

"It was always going to be tough and I had to work to get out in front. It was a good chance to work on everything I need.

"This is a good chance to warm up and work on those weaknesses in a competition environment because the 500m is not so important to me. I'm using this to build into the other two events.

"I had a lot more speed in me, I was being patient and just trying not to get knocked over. I've a lot more in the tank. It's been nice to get here and just get a feel for the environment."

Gilmartin's better results have come over 1500m this season but she was also delighted to progress, claiming second in her heat.

"It was a tough heat and it was a tough draw on the outside but I got the job done," she said.

"I knew I had to do some overtaking and I've been practicing that in training and I've been working to mak sure I've got that nailed. The pressure was on but I got the job done."

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