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Christie in the mix after opening heats in Shanghai

Elise Christie in the mix after opening heats in Shanghai
By Sportsbeat

26/10/2017 at 07:59Updated 26/10/2017 at 09:00

Britain'S Elise Christie showed she means business on the ice this weekend after qualifying second fastest in the women's 500m at the latest ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup in Shanghai.

The 24-year-old has yet to finish on the podium in the A races in either of the season's first two World Cup meetings in Salt Lake City and Montreal.

However the 2014 world 500m silver medallist is on the pace in China, winning her heat in 44.206 seconds to finish second fastest overall behind Canada's Marianne St-Gelais with China's Kexin Fan in third.

St-Gelais was also fastest in the 1000m heats with a time of 1:31.547, although Christie was again one of the front runners, winning her own heat to progress through as fifth fastest overall.

In the 1500m heats, China's Yutong Han is the clear favourite for the gold, recording the fastest time by over seven seconds.

In the men's races, China's Olympic silver medallist Dajing Wu is the one to beat in the 500m, recording a time of 40.742 while Korea's Da Woon Sin holds a narrow advantage over Canada's Charles Hamelin in the 1000m.

The Korean was also second fastest in the 1500m heats, bettered only by Italy's Yuri Confortola, although Britain's Jack Whelbourne failed to record a time in his heats.

And in the relays China set the marker with both squads clocking the fastest times in the women's 3000m and men's 5000m.

� Sportsbeat 2014