Christie clinches 1000m gold in final World Cup of season

14 February 2015 / 15:42

Great Britain’s Elise Christie will head into next month’s World Short Track Speed Skating Championships on top form after clinching 1000m World Cup gold in Erzurum, Turkey.

Christie has been building form steadily over the course of the World Cup season with two bronzes in Seoul before last week’s 500m silver in Dresden.

And the 24-year-old came good on that promise in the final World Cup 1000m of the season on Saturday, finishing nearly a full second ahead of Canadian Kasandra Bradette in a time of 1:31.513 minutes while Shim Suk Hee took bronze.

It means Christie finishes the World Cup season second in the 1000m rankings on 34637 points, while Shim takes the title with 43616 points with Christie's Great Britain teammate Charlotte Gilmartin placing 48th.

Gilmartin was also in action in the 1500m on Saturday and put in an impressive performance to win the B final with Italy's Arianna Fontana taking gold in the A final.

While in the men's competition, Brit Jon Eley made the quarter-finals of the 1000m with Jack Whelbourne faring slightly better in the 1500m, where he made the semis.

The World Cup season concludes tomorrow with Christie bidding for further success in the 500m while the men go in the 5000m relay.

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