Skating news - Elise Christie claims bronze in Euro Short Track 1000m

Elise Christie claims bronze in Euro Short Track 1000m

13/01/2019 at 19:32Updated

Elise Christie's return to short track speed skaing ended with a bronze in the 1000m event in the Netherlands.

This was Christie's first competition in individual ice skating since injuring ankle ligaments in PyeongChang in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Her 20th career medal came after a 1500 silver, won on Saturday at the European Short Track Championships.

Christie had no problems in her heat and finished in second behind 21-year-old Dutch skater Suzanne Schulting.

Her time of 1:29.610 in the semi-final earned her a favoured lane draw for the final.

Despite that advantage, she finished behind winner Sofia Rosvirnova, with the Russian finishing in 1:29.045.

Second place went to French athlete Tifany Huot Marchand

After a torrid start to her 2018, Christie was happy to begin brighter in 2019, saying:

“I did not expect to win any medals this weekend.

"To pull out a second place in the 1500m is incredible.”