Horespool wants strong end to season from Britain's skaters

26 January 2015 / 15:35

After watching Elise Christie crowned European short track speed skating champion for the first time, performance director Stuart Horsepool says he wants to end the season on a high.

Christie claimed double gold on Saturday in the 1500m and 500m before confirming her coronation as champion with a runner-up spot in the 3000m super final.

But the 24-year-old Olympian wasn’t the only Brit competing at the Championships with teammate Charlotte Gilmartin securing seventh overall after competing in both the 1000m and 1500m finals.

And Jack Whelbourne and Paul Stanley were also in action finishing 13th and 33rd respectively.

“Charlotte has skated exceptionally well over the past three days and I’m really pleased with how she has performed,” he said.

“I’m also really proud of Elise for coping well with ups and downs.

“Individually the men did well and it’s just unfortunate that Jack received a penalty in the 500m, overall the men’s relay and Jack and Paul skated well.

“The focus will now be on the next couple of competitions and hopefully end the season on a high.”

Christie meanwhile says she is still in shock after claiming the title and was delighted with her overall performance.

“I still can’t believe that I am the 2015 European Champion, when I came off the ice from the 3000m I didn’t actually realise that I had won until it showed up on the board,” she said. 

“The aim was to focus on the 1000m as it is my strongest distance, unfortunately I got a penalty in the semi-finals which meant I didn’t make the final, however I didn’t let it get to me and made sure that I then turned my attention to the 3000m super final.

“I feel like I’ve skated really well this weekend and I will now look towards training for the next three big races.”

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