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Elise Christie defends titles at European Short-Track Speed Skating Championships

 

Elise Christie defends titles at European Short-Track Speed Skating Championships Elise Christie successfully defended her 500m and 1500m titles at the European Short-Track Speed Skating Championships in Sochi on Saturday.

Racing at the scene of her Olympic disappointment in 2014, the Briton put her injury-hit pre-season behind her to cruise to victory in both events.

The display was very encouraging for the 25-year-old Sky Academy Sports Scholar, who is building her form and fitness towards the World Championships in Seoul in March.

With three World Cup medals already in the bag this season, the Scot revealed before her Russian exploits that she was determined to conquer her Sochi demons after being penalised three times two years ago and crashing out at the Winter Games.

And despite the added responsibilities of being GB skipper, Christie was in cruise-control to storm to double gold on Saturday.

The 1500m was her first race and after easing the semi-finals, she timed her late burst superbly in the final to cross the line in 2:39.510 minutes ahead of Dutch duo Jorien ter Mors and Suzanne Schulting.

Christie adopted similar tactics in the 500m final as she edged in front of Netherlands’ Lara van Ruijven and France’s Veronique Pierron to win gold with a winning time of 43.923 seconds.

Fellow Briton Charlotte Gilmartin won the 1500m B Final, while Jack Whelbourne was sixth in the men’s 1500m final.

All three have qualified for the 1,000m, along with Farrell Treacy.[…]

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