Christie breaks speed skating world record on impressive weekend for winter sports
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Christie breaks speed skating world record on impressive weekend for winter sports

14 November 2016 / 10:09

Elise Christie set a new world record over 500m in Salt Lake City, but the Brit was unable record back-to-back short track speed skating World Cup victories over the distance as a fall on the last lap opened the door for Canadian Marianne St-Gelais to triumph.

In her quarter-final Christie – who took 500m gold in the opening World Cup event in Calgary last weekend – clocked 42.335 seconds to beat Kexin Fan of China and write her name into the record books.

However, the 26-year-old fell in the closing stages of the final, allowing St-Gelais to take the victory, with South Korean Minjeong Choi in second and Fan third.

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Elsewhere this weekend, Dave Ryding had the race of his life to finish a career-best sixth place in the slalom World Cup in Finland.

Lying in fourth after the first run, alpine skier Ryding finished the day within a quarter of a second of a podium position in sixth, his first World Cup top ten finish and the best result in the event for a British skier since 2001.

“I am delighted. I am sure no-one expected a Brit in the top six,” he said.

“I have been working really hard all summer and specifically working on my steep sections.

“I have been skiing well and performing in training, but this was better than I expected. I really had to focus before the second run, and I knew I had to give it full gas to stay near the top.”

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At the Big Air World Cup in Milan, Sochi 2014 Olympian Aimee Fuller placed fourth in the ladies’ snowboard Big Air final on Saturday.

That result was a World Cup personal best for the 25-year-old, with GB Park and Pipe teammate Katie Ormerod finishing tenth overall, while in the men’s event, Billy Morgan placed seventh after overshooting his third jump.

Fuller said: “Today was great. I loved the atmosphere in the stadium and the jump was really good.

“It is my first scaffold jump and I am stoked with how I rode. To get fourth is a brilliant start to the season.”

In the ski Big Air, Katie Summerhayes and Madi Rowlands finished eighth and ninth respectively, in the first of three City Big Air ‘Super Series’ – they head to Monchengladbach, Germany and Quebec City next.

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