Whelbourne determined to shake off injury worries

10 February 2014 / 13:23

British short track speed skater Jack Whelbourne insists he is determined to return to Olympic action after hobbling off the ice following a fall in the 1500m final in Sochi.

Whelbourne had qualified for his first Olympic final impressively, setting a British record in the heats and skating a tactically perfect semi-final.

It was Team GB's first Olympic short track final since Jon Eley finished fifth in 2006 but Whelbourne was sent crashing in the closing laps after a block, which marks out the course, was kicked into his path.

Canada's Charles Hamelin, who had won Whelbourne's semi-final, took gold.

"I got involved with the racing and, when I made my move, a block went under my skate, I lost control and it has given me a bit of a twisted ankle," said Whelbourne.

"I don't know what's happening with my ankle now but I'm really pleased with my performance today, especially setting a new British record in the first round.

"It's quite a common accident in the sport, you have seven or eight people in a race with close overtakes and unfortunately it's happened to me when I'm in my best form.

"I'm definitely getting back on the ice, if I can."

Coach Nicky Gooch, the last British skater to win an Olympic medal in 1994, will now monitor Whelbourne's fitness, with 22-year old also entered in the 500m and 1000m later in the Games.

"We don't know what is wrong, maybe he'll put some ice on it tonight, he'll be sore tomorrow and he'll be good in a couple of days," he said.

"He was in a good position, racing well and looking strong. He was trying to move himself up a little bit when a block got under his skate. It was out of his control.

"He skated very well but anything can happen in the race and that is what makes this sport so exciting."

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