Christie makes comeback with World Silver in Montreal
Elise Christie has taken silver in the 500m at the ISU World Short Track Championships in Montreal. Park Seung-Hi (KOR) took the gold medal after closing the demanding gap Christie had established early on in the race, while Fan Kexin (CHN) finished in bronze medal position.
ďAfter everything thatís happened over the last couple of months Iím so happy to finally get a medal. Iím a little disappointed not to win gold. I think I hesitated and sat back a bit on that final bend because I kept thinking back to what happened at the Olympics, but I got silver and thatís one better than last year so Iím thrilled,Ē said Christie.
ďI was more pleased with that result because I didnít skate that well yesterday, so I wasnít sure how today would go. Now Iíve done this and it takes the pressure off going into the 1000m tomorrow so Iím just going to go out, enjoy it and see what happens.
ďI want to thank everyone for believing in me and supporting me. It means the world to me and Iím so pleased I can go out a win a medal and do everyone proud.Ē
Christie was just a tenth off the World Record in the semi-final, setting a new British Record in the process. Her performance in Montreal builds on her bronze medal last year in the 1000m, which saw her become Britainís first ever female individual medallist at a World Short Track Championships.
Meanwhile in the menís 5000m relay, Britain saw off competition from Olympic bronze medallists China and reigning World Champions Canada to qualify for the final tomorrow night, where Jon Eley, Jack Whelbourne, Richard Shoebridge and Paul Stanley will contend for medals against Russia, Korea and the Netherlands.
ďThe men skated outstandingly tonight. They have beaten two of the best teams in the world to qualify for the final tomorrow, and you canít ask much more than that. The whole squad is doing a fantastic job here in Montreal and we still have one day to go,Ē said Stuart Horsepool, Performance Director.
In the menís 500m, Richard Shoebridge skated a lifetime best time to finish in third place in his quarterfinal closely behind Han Tianyu (CHN) and Semen Elistratov (RUS), giving him a 12th place finish.
Charlotte Gilmartin also produced a lifetime best by nearly a second in the 500m to reach the quarterfinals. She finished 13th in the 500m, and currently rank 14th in the overall classification.
Jack Whelbourneís good form continued as he produced a British Record in his 500m heat, however was later was penalised for impeding Chris Creveling of the USA.
The ISU World Short Track Championships conclude tomorrow with the menís and womenís individual 1000m, as well as the menís 5000m relay final.