Christie continues charge in Kolomna with Sochi in sight

15 November 2013 / 16:42

Elise Christie reached her third quarter-final in the space of 24 hours as she was back out on the ice at the short track speed skating World Cup event in Kolomna, Russia.

The Brit had already booked herself safe passage through her 500m and 1500m heats on Thursday.

And Christie made it a hat-trick as she won her 1000m with a time of 1:31.969 minutes to go safely through to Sunday’s quarter-finals.
The World Cup event is the second of two Olympic qualifiers meaning Christie moved yet another step closer to February’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.

However there was less good news for compatriot Charlotte Gilmartin as she finished her heat fifth and didn’t advance.

In the men’s 1000m heats, Jack Whelbourne and Paul Stanley also made it through to the quarter-finals, both finishing their heats third but grabbing two of the four fastest loser spots.

But Jon Eley wasn’t as fortunate despite also finishing his heat third in 1:29.854.

Christie’s individual success could not transfer over into the ladies 3000m relay as Great Britain failed to escape their heat, finishing third in 4:29.136.

And there was more disappointing news for Great Britain’s men in the 5000m relay quarter-final as Eley, Stanley, Whelbourne and Richard Shoebridge finished fourth, leaving Olympic qualification in the balance.

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