Sky Academy Sports Scholar Elise Christie delighted with Championship form

Last Updated: 28/05/14 11:13am

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Elise Christie: won gold on Sunday in the 1500m at the British Short-Track Championships

Elise Christie: won gold on Sunday in the 1500m at the British Short-Track Championships

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Speed skater Elise Christie says she was testing her patience to win from the back as she claimed her fourth consecutive overall national title over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Sky Sports Academy Scholar won gold on Sunday in the 1500m at the British Short-Track Championships in Nottingham before adding the 500m and 1000m gold medals on Monday.

That gave the 23-year-old her fourth national title, although she still has some way to go to beat Sarah Lindsay's record nine consecutive overall wins.

It was the first time the undisputed British number one has been in action since the World Championships in March where she won silver in the 500m, and she has been testing her techniques in training.

Pretty pleased

Christie told Sky Sports News: "After the World Championships we've had some time off so I had only been back on the ice for a week.

"We'd mainly been doing bike fitness - I hadn't done much ice training so I'm pretty pleased I managed to pick up all three titles and the overall medal."
Elise Christie

"We'd mainly been doing bike fitness - I hadn't done much ice training so I'm pretty pleased I managed to pick up all three titles and the overall medal.

"We'd done a couple of ice sessions, mainly focusing on technique. In the races I was trying to practice some skills that I needed to work on. I was waiting, going from the back and stuff like that.

"You have to work with your instincts but you have to be very patient. It's quite hard because the longer you stay at the back, the less likely you are to win and you get a bit scared.

"It's kind of pushing the limits of your patience - you've got to know when the critical moment is in the race."

Christie is now back in training as she prepares to begin another Olympic cycle, with the next World Championships a year away.

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