Winter Olympics - British pair progress

Eurosport - Sun, 14 Feb 12:28:00 2010

Great Britain's short track speed skaters Sarah Lindsay and Elise Christie both progressed to Wednesday's 500m quarter-finals at the Pacific Coliseum.

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Lindsay, who is competing at her third Olympics, took a bold step to only focus on the sprint distance at these Games - meaning her heat was a nervy affair.

She started well but was just edged on the line by Canada's Marianne St-Gelais, clocking a 44.716 second time.

"I'm usually sketchy on the first race to get my nerves out and then I improve after that," she admitted.

"My biggest fear was to do four years hard training then come here and only do one race.

"I tried really hard not to focus on that but it was hard."

Christie, who won 1500m silver at the recent European Championships, also looked comfortable in qualifying.

But with the top two progressing from each four skater heat, her cause was aided when Bulgaria's Marina Georgieva-Nikolova was disqualified for a false start.

"I'm a long distance skater really, so to be so strong at a sprint proves that I'm in really good form," she said.

"This is not my main event, so it's great for me to progress and prove that I'm in the top 16 in the world."

As predicted, China's Wang Meng set the pace, adding the Olympic to the world record she set in Beijing two years ago.

She clocked 43.926 seconds while team-mate Zhou Yang and American Katherine Reutter also underlined their medal credentials.

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