Christie impresses as Kwak claims golds

Elise Christie equalled her best ever ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championship finish as Korea's Kwak Yoon-Gy picked up two golds on the final day in Shanghai.

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Christie impresses as Kwak claims golds
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Kwak Yoon-gy (L) of South Korea avoids the pack as Charles Hamelin (R) of Canada crashes together with Noh Jin-kyu (2L) of South Korea and Gong Qiuwen of China during the men 1000-meter final of ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships at the Ori

Christie has consistently been Britain’s best performer in China but had not yet reached a final after accruing penalties in the semi-finals of both the ladies 500m and 1500m.

That was not to be the case as proceedings came to a close, with Christie cruising to the 1000m final – winning her heat and semi-final – where she battled valiantly to fourth.

That matched Christie’s previous best World Championship performance from two years ago in Bulgaria where she was also fourth in the ladies’ 1000m medal showdown.

On that occasion Cho Ha-Ri was second to Wang Meng but there was to be no denying the Korean this time as she took gold ahead of Li Jianrou and Canadian Valerie Maltais.

Christie was once again the best Brit with Charlotte Gilmartin failing to progress beyond the ladies’ 1000m heats while Jack Whelbourne and Richard Shoebridge were much improved in the men’s equivalent.

They both reached the quarter-finals as Kwak comfortably picked up his first gold of the day beating Noh Jinkyu by almost seven seconds with Charles Hamelin nearly another 21 further back.

Kwak returned to win a far closer 3000m superfinal – once again defeating Noh –but this time by just 0.006 seconds as Sin Da Woon completed a Korean one-two-three with bronze.

Maltais won a much easier women’s 3000m superfinal ahead of Arianna Fontana and Marie-Eve Drolet while China won the ladies’ 3000m relay final and Canada’s the men’s 5000m relay.

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