Moscow gold for Britain's Christie
Elise Christie responded to her failure to win a medal at the ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships in perfect style by taking World Cup gold less than a week later in Moscow.
The 21-year-old, who finished seventh in the 1500m at the Europeans in the Czech Republic, was in red-hot form in the 1000m winning her preliminary, heat, quarter-final and semi-final races.
And that was a trend Christie continued in the final posting a winning time of 1:31.211minutes with Liu Qiuhong collecting silver and Yui Sakai bronze behind the Brit.
That was as good as it got from a British point of view with Charlotte Gilmartin falling in the ladies’ 1500m repechage semi-finals Paul Stanley and Ian Upcott following suit in the men’s equivalent.
Richard Shoebridge also couldn’t progress beyond that stage in the men’s 1000m while Jack Whelbourne, who won 500m silver at the Europeans, was fourth in the C final of the same event.
Things did end on a high note though as Whelbourne, Stanley, Upcott and Sheobridge combined to help Britain reach the A final of the 5000m relay in Russia.
Korea’s Cho Ha-Ri took gold in the ladies 1500m while teammates Jung-Su Lee won the men’s equivalent and Kwak Yoon-Gy victorious in the men’s 1000m.