Short Track - Second gold sees Christie finish runner-up at Europeans

Elise Christie's year continues to get better and better after she won a second European gold in Malmo however she had to make do with a runners-up place in the overall classification.

Short Track - Second gold sees Christie finish runner-up at Europeans

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Britain's Elise Christie (L) reacts after winning the ladies' 1000m finals during the 2013 ISU European Speedskating Championships in Malmo

Christie, who leads the World Cup rankings for the 1000m after four top-three finishes so far, began her European Short Track Speed Skating Championship campaign in style on Friday.

She took 1500m gold, with fellow Brit Charlotte Gilmartin claiming bronze, and, while failing to make it out the preliminaries of the 500m a day later, she wasn't to be denied in her signature event.

The 22-year-old beat defending overall European champion Arianna Fontana for the second final running after clocking 1:30.445 with the Italian almost three tenths behind in second.

Jorien ter Mors took third however Fontana, who won the 500m, was to claim gold in the 3000m which saw Christie finish seventh and Gilmartin not start, to take the overall win.

Meanwhile Freek van der Wart won both the men's 1000m and 3000m on the final night for the overall honours as Britain again failed to have a single male finalist at the Europeans.

Van der Wart beat Victor An and Semen Elistratov into second and third respectively in the 1000m while he got the better of Sjinkie Knegt, winner of the 1500m, in the 3000m.

An and Elistratov exacted revenge though as the Russian 5000m relay team defeated that of the Netherlands, which included Knegt and Van der Wart, but the Dutch still won the women's event.

Britain's Jack Whelbourne fell in the heats of the men's 1000m and Jon Eley the quarter-finals while Paul Stanley, after winning his last eight race, finished last in his semi-final.

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