Montreal World Cup: GB men secure short track relay bronze

By Nick HopeBBC Olympic sports reporter
The British short track speed skating team
The British team (right to left) Jon Eley, Richard Shoebridge, Jack Whelbourne, Billy Simms and Paul Stanley.

The British men's short track speed skating team claimed 5,000m relay bronze at the Montreal World Cup.

The GB men failed to qualify for the Sochi Winter Olympic relay, but came third at the 2014 World Championships.

Charlotte Gilmartin won a career-best fourth place in the 500m, but former World Cup champion Elise Christie remains without a medal this season.

"The team performed really well right from the first heats," said national coach Nicky Gooch.

"We knocked out the Olympic champions from Russia in the first round and beat the reigning world champions the Netherlands in the final, then set a new British record, which is a great achievement."

Short Track Speed Skating World Cup schedule:
Shanghai, China - 12 DecDresden, Germany - 6 Feb
Seoul, Korea - 19 Dec Izmir, Turkey - 13 Feb

The relay line-up was made up of Olympic flag-bearer Jon Eley, as well as Richard Shoebridge, Jack Whelbourne and Paul Stanley.

They finished in a time of six minutes 36.448 seconds, just 0.269 secs behind winners South Korea, with Hungary taking silver.

Christie reflects on Sochi Winter Olympic woes

Billy Simms did not take part in the final, but was in the line-up during the heats and therefore received a bronze medal.

Christie, who says she is still getting over her Sochi Olympic disappointment, fell in the 1,000m semi-final but went on to win the B final - as she did over 500m - to ensure two fifth-place finishes.

"Elise was a little unfortunate," said Gooch. "Despite this she picked herself up and claimed two B final wins."

Christie and Whelbourne will head out to Shanghai, China, for the third round of the World Cup on 13 December.

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