Elise Christie celebrates double European gold

Women's 500m podium. Elise Christie, centre, with Sofia Prosvirnova of Russia (silver) on her right and  Patrycja Maliszewska of Poland (bronze). Picture: Getty Images
Women's 500m podium. Elise Christie, centre, with Sofia Prosvirnova of Russia (silver) on her right and Patrycja Maliszewska of Poland (bronze). Picture: Getty Images
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Livingston’s Elise Christie has won double gold at the European Short-Track Skating Championships in Dordrecht.

Christie, who was disqualified from all three of her races at last year’s Winter Olympics, survived a scare to win the 1500 metres then led from the front to claim victory in the 500m.

The 24-year-old will get the chance to complete a clean sweep of gold medals when she races over her favoured 1000m distance on Sunday.

Christie might have feared history was going to repeat itself when she clipped Italy’s Arianna Fontana in the dying stages of the 1500m final.

But unlike in Sochi, the judges deemed the Scot not to be at fault, giving her victory with Great Britain team-mate Charlotte Gilmartin in fifth place.

Christie led the 500m final from the start to pip Russia’s Sofia Prosvirnova on the line.

Christie’s partner Jack Whelbourne was disqualified from the men’s 500m quarter-finals after tangling with Poland’s Bartosz Konopko on the line.