Elise Christie 'flat out' for second gold in speed skating
NOTTINGHAM-based speed skating ace Elise Christie admits she had to work twice as hard to win World Cup gold in Dresden.
Despite not being her main event, Christie beat Min-Jung Kim (KOR) and Eve-Marie Drolet in the final to take victory in the 1,500m.
It was a second gold medal of the series for Christie and the men's relay team, also based in the city, qualified for the World Championships next month.
Christie said: "I'm pretty happy with gold in the 1,500. I have to work harder in it because it's not my event, but I raced better in it than I have done before so I'm pleased."
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Christie and her coaches chose not to enter the 1,000m in Dresden after she became clear on points to finish the season ranked world number one over that distance.
In the 500m Christie broke the British record and finished 11th after being beaten by Qiuhong Liu (CHN) and Seung-Hi Park (KOR) in the quarter-finals.
Christie added: "I'm happy with a British record. I've not had that before so it was nice to get it!"
The men's relay team of Jon Eley, Richard Shoebridge, Paul Stanley and Josh Cheetham have qualified in sixth place for the World Championship event which takes place in Debrecen next month.