Speed skater Elise Christie wins gold at World Championships

Elise Christie has won the 1500m gold at the speed skating world championships in Rotterdam. Picture: AP Photo/Peter Dejong

Elise Christie has won the 1500m gold at the speed skating world championships in Rotterdam. Picture: AP Photo/Peter Dejong

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Elise Christie has claimed the first world title of her career with victory in the women’s 1500m final at the World Short Track Championships in Rotterdam.

The 26-year-old from Livingston - a previous winner of eight silver and bronze world medals - beat Canada’s Marianne St-Gelais and Suk Hee Shim of South Korea to take her first gold.

She is the first British woman to win a gold medal in the event’s history.

Her win capped a fine recovery for Christie from the nightmare of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, when she was disqualified from all three of her races.

She will also challenge for 500m title on Saturday and the 1000m later in the competition.

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