Christie crowned European champion in Dordrecht

25 January 2015 / 18:13

Elise Christie put the ghosts of Sochi well and truly behind her as she skated to an overall win at the European Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Dordrecht, Holland.

The 24-year-old endured a difficult Winter Olympic Games last year after being disqualified from two of her races but there was no bad luck this time.

After picking up gold in the 1500m and 500m races on Saturday, Christie was in a prime position to be crowned overall European champion.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Christie who was unable to add 1000m gold to her tally as she failed to make the final after being penalised.

But it was a minor blip on the track to glory as a second place finish in the 3000m super final confirmed her status as Europe’s best.

Christie finished on 89 points, ten ahead of Russia’s Sofia Prosvirnova in second while Patrycja Maliszewska of Poland was third with 52.

It is Christie’s first-ever overall title and it brought the praise of coach Jo Eley.

“Great job bouncing back from adversity – smart racing to take her first overall title,” she wrote on Twitter.

Elsewhere, after her fifth-place finish in the 1500m final on Saturday, Charlotte Gilmartin was just outside the podium places in the 1000m, finishing fourth behind Lithuania’s Agne Sereikaite.

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