Christie opens World Cup tally with bronze in Seoul

20 December 2014 / 12:49

Elise Christie claimed her first medal of the short track speed skating World Cup season in Seoul with Britain’s tally for the campaign now standing at two.

The 24-year-old has been knocking on the door of the podium throughout the season so far having finished fourth in the first of two 500m races last time out in Shanghai.

Christie and Jack Whelbourne are the only two British skaters to have travelled to the Far East but, despite a lack of numbers, the medals have kept on coming.

After the British men’s relay team, which included Whelbourne, won bronze at the second World Cup of the season in Montreal, Christie doubled the tally in Seoul.

Christie advanced to the 1000m final with victory in her semi-final and beat off Korea’s World Cup leader Shim Suk Hee to complete the top three.

The two-time World Championship medallists clocked 1:33.449 minutes for bronze with China’s Han Yutong taking victory in 1:33.092 and Canadian Marianne St-Gelais second.

And it could get even better for Christie with the latter stages of the 500m still to come in Seoul, the British skater having won her heat on the opening day.

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