Christie warms up for World Cup Series with hat-trick

19 October 2014 / 15:42

Elise Christie completed a hat-trick of victories to dominate the ladies classification at the 2014 Short Track Invitation Cup in Heerenveen.

After Saturday’s 1500m triumph Christie completed the perfect preparation for the ISU World Cup Series, which begins in Salt Lake City next month, with further victories in the 500m and 1000m finals.

The World Championships silver medallist began the day by beating Agne Sereikaite to the 500m crown in a time of 43.850.

And the Lithuanian skater must have been sick of the sight of her after again finishing second to Christie (1:43.972) in the 1000m final.

She then finished the weekend’s events by winning the ladies 3000m relay B final alongside Charlotte Gilmartin, Kathryn Thomson and Jennifer Pickering after a disappointing heat on Saturday deprived them the opportunity to go for a medal.

Jack Whelbourne also enjoyed a productive day on the ice, despite a frustrating start that saw him exit the 500m event at the semi-final stage.

The 23-year-old bounced back with victory in the 1000m final in a time of 1:30.399, beating Hungarian Sandor Liu Shaolin and finishing the weekend second only to the teenager in the overall classification.

Whelbourne then lined up alongside Richard Shoebridge, Paul Stanley and Billy Simms to take home bronze in the 5000m relay final, as Netherlands and Hungary won gold and silver respectively.

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