LOUGHBOROUGH College graduate Elise Christie has taken gold to secure her first ever World Cup title for Great Britain.
The 21-year-old’s victory in the women’s 1,000m short-track speed skating race in Russia last weekend was her third finish on the podium this season, following silver medals in Japan and Canada.
Christie described her win as “such an amazing feeling. I am really happy that my determination and hard work paid off.”
Coming in ahead of China’s Liu Quihong and Yui Sakai of Japan, Christie recorded an impressive race time of one minute 31.211 seconds.
Two weeks ago, two other former Loughborough College students, Jack Whelbourne and Jon Eley, won silver and bronze respectively at the European Championships. Whelbourne finished ahead of Eley in the men’s 500m final in Czech city Mlada Boleslav.
Following the European Championships, Christie shrugged off any worries over a hand injury en route to Moscow: “Four days off the ice but I don’t care. I can’t wait to get out there.”
Christie’s gold medal in the latest World Cup leg of the sport takes Team GB’s medal total this season to seven.
The skaters head to China for the World Championships in March.