Christie claims silver at speed skating World Cup

08 February 2015 / 21:12

Elise Christie turned on the style to win a silver medal in the 500m race at the speed skating World Cup event in Dresden.

Christie’s time of 43.763 seconds wasn’t enough to overhaul Italy’s Arianna Fontana, who led from start to finish to claim gold, but did ensure that Fan Kexin of China was pushed into third.

This result comes hot on the heels of the Brit becoming European short track speed skating champion for the first time a fortnight ago in Dordecht.

And it signals that she has now put the nightmare of last year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, where she was penalised in each of her races, firmly behind her.

Elsewhere in Dresden, Christie’s Olympic teammate Charlotte Gilmartin also looked impressive in the 1500m B final.

Gilmartin went round the course in a time of 2:42.931 minutes to finish in second place behind Ekaterina Strelkova of Russia.

And the men’s 5000m relay team completed a triumvirate of second places for Great Britain in the B final.

The quartet of Jack Whelbourne, Richard Shoebridge, Paul Stanley and Jon Eley finished around two-tenths of a second behind winners Russia to round off a satisfying weekend for Whelbourne, after the 23-year-old came fifth in Saturday’s individual 1500m A final.

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