Jack Just Misses Out

ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup Round 5 – Moscow Day 2

Jack Narrowly Misses World Cup Medal by 18 thousandths of a Second
Great Britain’s good form continued today at the 5th round of ISU World Cups with Jack Whelbourne missing out on a medal by the narrowest of margins in the Men’s 1500m final.  Jack, still only a Junior who won silver and bronze medals at the European Championships in January, finished fourth in this his second World Cup Final of this season proving, yet again, that he is learning and developing his race craft and is a bright prospect for the future.

Jack in Action

Jack Whelbourne

Another fine performance came from Elise Christie in the Ladies 1500m.  Elise battled her way through the qualifying rounds beating, amongst others, the 2010 Olympic Bronze medallist Seung-Hi Park from Korea.  In the final Elise, who’s lane draw meant that she had to start from the second row of 8 skaters, made some excellent overtaking manoeuvres to finish in Fifth position right behind the medallists.

500m specialist Jon Eley, coming back from injury in his first individual event of the season, managed 7th overall in his unfavoured distance of 1000m.

Another notable performance came from Richard Shoebridge who placed 10th in the 1000m.

Tomorrow sees the final rounds of the 500m where all 3 GB Men - Jon Eley, Richard Shoebridge and Paul Stanley have qualified for the quarter finals (top 16) and the second 1000m event where Jack Whelbourne and Elise Christie have also already qualified in the top 16.

Stuart Horsepool , Great Britain Performance Director said “We have had two very good days of racing and many of our skaters are now skating consistent well and competing at the same level as the best in the world.  We are looking forward to tomorrow!”

The 2011 ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships will be held between the 11th and 13th of March at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield.  Tickets can be obtained through the Championships website at www.worldshorttrack2011.co.uk