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GB celebrate European short-track skating medal haul

GB speed skater Jon Eley
Eley missed out on a medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics

Great Britain geared up for the Winter Olympics by winning three medals at the short-track speed skating European Championships in Dresden, Germany.

Jon Eley and Elise Christie took silver in the 500m and 1500m respectively and the men claimed bronze in the 5000m relay on Sunday.

Performance director Stuart Horsepool was pleased with the performance.

"The results for Jon and Elise means we are well on the way to being ready for Vancouver," he told BBC Sport.

"It's very encouraging with three weeks to go to the Games but it's important for us not to get carried away and keep it in perspective."

Teenager Christie finished runner-up in the 1500m on Friday and Eley found himself up against two Frenchmen in Saturday's 500m final and was impeded by one, allowing his compatriot to win.

But the Frenchman who obstructed him was later disqualified with Eley, the 2008 European champion, elevated to second place.

Horsepool added: "Jon set the fastest time in the semi-finals and the second-fastest overall and it was a good return to form for him after a disappointing season.

"Elise has just come back from the World Junior Championships in Taipei where she got 5th, 6th and 8th places and for her to go abroad and compete and come away with results like that is very promising.

"We knew she was in good form coming into this event and she has shown that with her results here against senior competition."

The Winter Olympics are taking place in Vancouver, Canada, between 12 and 28 February.

Britain has so far won only one short-track medal at an Olympics, when Nicky Gooch took bronze in the 500m in Lillehammer in 1994.

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see also
GB's Christie takes Euro silver
22 Jan 10 |  Vancouver 2010
Eley heads GB speed skating squad
07 Jan 10 |  Vancouver 2010

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