Elise Christie & Jon Eley: Speed skaters win Star Class Cup 500m

Elise Christie
Elise Christie moved from Livingston to Nottingham to train with the GB team

Britain's Elise Christie and Jon Eley won their respective 500m races on day two of the ISU Star Class Cup speed-skating event in Nottingham.

Scot Christie won the women's race ahead of England's Charlotte Gilmartin with Dutchwoman Roza Kooystra in third.

In the men's final, three-time Olympian Jon Eley took the top spot, a fraction ahead of team-mate Paul Stanley with Dutch skater René De Groot third.

Nottingham's Jack Whelbourne was fourth after being given a penalty.

Christie and Gilmartin had finished in the same positions in Friday's 1500m at the National Ice Centre.

In the men's Junior B races, Youth Winter Olympic gold medallist Jack Burrows, also from Nottingham, finished top in Saturday's 500m final, putting him joint first in the overall classification so far.

Charlotte Gilmartin
Charlotte Gilmartin, 24, has been competing for Great Britain since she was 15

GB short track performance director Stuart Horsepool described the medal haul as proof of "another successful day" at the competition.

He said: "The Star Class Cup is designed to give skaters the opportunity to put what they've learnt in training into practice in a competitive environment.

"We've seen some really strong performances from the British skaters so far this weekend. We're only two weeks away from the European Championships, so to have the chance to compete on home ice has been invaluable for the squad."

On Friday, in addition to Christie and Gilmartin's medals in the 1500m, Johannesburg-born GB team member Richard Shoebridge won a silver medal.

The final day of the competition takes place on Sunday, when the skaters will compete in the 1000m semi-finals and finals.

More than 100 athletes from 14 nations have taken part.

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