Bronze for GB relay team

  • Last Updated: October 6 2013, 17:41 BST

Great Britain won bronze in the men's 5000m relay at the Short Track Speed Skating World Cup event in Seoul on Sunday.

Richard Shoebridge in action during the relay final in Seoul
Richard Shoebridge in action during the relay final in Seoul

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The quartet of Paul Stanley, Jon Eley, Richard Shoebridge and Jack Whelbourne crossed the line just behind Canada and the United States, but ahead of World Cup points leaders Russia.

The result ensured the relay team's first World Cup medal since they won silver at the Shanghai World Cup in 2011, and supplied a timely boost for the former world-record holders ahead of next month's Olympic qualifiers in Torino and Kolomna.

"We've been in the mix for medals at the World Cups for a while but we haven't quite made the podium," Eley said.

The 29-year-old from Solihull continued: "It's nice to get back into the medals, particularly ahead of next month, and it will give us confidence going into the qualifiers."

Elise Christie also performed well to reach another individual final, and went on to place fifth in the 1000m.

The Livingston-born skater was involved in a fall with China's Jianrou Li in the final two laps of the 1500m semi-final, and was not permitted to take part when the race was subsequently restarted.

Performance director Stuart Horsepool said: "Elise was okay after her fall in the 1500 and she went on to skate very well through her qualifying rounds to make the final of the 1000 metres.

"The three Koreans did skate as a unit which made it incredibly difficult for her and Jorien Ter Mors of the Netherlands to get past, so with that in mind fifth place was a good result."

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