Short Track - Christie earns first win of season in Japan

British short track speed skater Elise Christie proved that she won’t let her World Cup lead in the 1000m go without a fight after taking her first victory of the season in Japan.

Christie has enjoyed a fine start to the new World Cup season with two seconds from the opening three 1000m races to lead the overall standings by 600 points ahead for Valerie Maltais.

And the 22-year-old ensured that margin was made even bigger at the third World Cup in Nagoya as she powered to her second career win in a time of 1:30.489.

Christie dominance was clear for all to see as she finished almost a second ahead of Korea duo Kim Min-Jung in second and Lee So Youn in third while Maltais didn’t even make the A final.

It also meant that Christie remained unbeaten throughout the 1000m in Nagoya having won her heat, quarter-final and semi-final while extending her overall lead over Maltais in second to 1272 points.

World Cup leader in the women’s 1500m Shim Suk See led home a Korean one-two-three, clocking 2:47.066 in the final to edge out team-mates Park Seung-Hi and Cho Ha-Ri for her third straight win.

Kim Byeong-Jun kept the Korean winning run going by claiming victory in the men’s 1500m, again by the narrowest of margins over his team-mate Sin Da Woon.

Kim clocked 2:27.237, just over a tenth of a second ahead of Sin, who was himself just over a tenth of a second ahead of Canadian skater Charles Hamelin to claim second.

World Cup leader in the 1500m, Noh Jin-Kyu only entered the second of two races in Nagoya and finished third in the 1000m as Russian Victor Ahn claimed his second win ahead of JR Celski.

Meanwhile Christie’s fellow Brits endured a mixed day in Japan with Charlotte Gilmartin reaching her second successive World Cup B final, finishing third in the 1500m for ninth overall.

Yet the men continue to struggle with Jack Whelbourne progressing no further than the repechage semi-finals of the 1000m while Ian Upcott and Murray Cochrane were one round back.

Two-time Olympian Jon Eley, Richard Shoebridge and Paul Stanley all also made the repechage semi-finals of the 1500m however that was as far as they got too as Christie once again shone.