Christie celebrates double gold

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Published: Saturday 24th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Elise Christie went some way to making up for her Sochi disappointment by claiming double gold at the European Short-Track Championships in Dordrecht.

Christie, who was disqualified from all three of her races at last year’s Winter Olympics, survived a scare to win the 1500m then led from the front to claim victory in the 500m.

The Livingston 24-year-old will get the chance to complete a clean sweep of gold medals when she races over her favoured 1000m distance on Sunday.

Christie might have feared history was going to repeat itself when she clipped Italy’s Arianna Fontana in the dying stages of the 1500m final.

But unlike in Sochi, the judges deemed the Scot not to be at fault, giving her victory with Great Britain team-mate Charlotte Gilmartin in fifth place.

Christie, who had sailed through both her heats in first position, went on to extend her dominance over the shorter 500m distance.

She led the final from start to finish to pip Russia’s Sofia Prosvirnova on the finish line.

Christie’s partner Jack Whelbourne was not so fortunate as he was disqualified from the men’s 500m quarter-finals after tangling with Poland’s Bartosz Konopko on the finish line.

Published: Saturday 24th January 2015 by The News Editor

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