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European Short Track Speed Skating Champs Day 1
Arianna Fontana has a day to forget
Europe’s best short track speed skaters took to the ice in Dresden, Germany as part of the 2014 ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championship. This is the last opportunity for these skaters to compete head to head, prior to the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
The defending ladies champion, Arianna Fontana of Italy, did not have the start to the weekend she had hoped for. While she won both of her qualifying races, through the first two rounds, she fell in the final and finished fifth. Jorien Ter Mors, of the Netherlands, was the winner of today’s 1500 metres, putting her in the lead in the overall classification after the first day. Ter Mors is aiming to improve on last year when she finished third overall.
A pair of Hungarian skaters finished second and third, with Bernadett Heidum crossing the line ahead of her team-mate Zsofia Konya. Elise Christie of Great Britain finished fourth. Christie was a silver medalist at last year’s European Championships.
In the relay events, the following countries advanced to Saturday’s semi-final round:
Ladies: Italy, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Great Britain, Russia, Germany, Bulgaria and Ukraine.