World Cup champion Christie satisfied with finale in Dresden

11 February 2013 / 18:52

Elise Christie hailed two career-best short track speed skating World Cup performances in her weaker 1500m and 500m events at the final round of the season in Dresden.

Christie chose to concentrate on the 1500m and 500m in Germany having wrapped up the World Cup title for the 1000m with a round to spare after the Olympic test event in Sochi.

The 22-year-old did so in order to develop her all-round ability and it certainly proved to be a good decision as she romped to gold in the 1500m on the first day in Dresden.

That marked Christie’s best-ever World Cup performance in the distance having claim gold in the 1000m in Nagoya earlier in the season and at the Moscow leg last term.

Christie, the European 1000m and 1500m champion, wasn’t done there however and set a British record of 43.748seconds in the 500m on the way to the quarter-finals and ranking 11th overall.

And, with the World Championships in Hungary in March the final event of what has been a remarkable season so far for Christie, she admitted she couldn’t have been happier with her efforts in Dresden.

“I’m pretty happy with gold in the 1500m. I have to work harder in it because it’s not my event,” said Christie – who finished as the overall runner-up at the European Championships last month.

“But I raced better in it than I have done before so I’m pleased and I’m happy with a British record. I’ve not had that before so it was nice to get it.”

© Sportsbeat 2013