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Britain break short-track speed skating world record


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Great Britain are celebrating a first relay world record in short-track speed skating, set in the men's 5,000m.

The new time of six minutes, 37.877 seconds shaved two tenths off the previous best time.

Jack Whelbourne, Richard Shoebridge, Paul Stanley and Jon Eley achieved the feat at a World Cup race in Germany.

Britain is to host the World Championships for the first time in 11 years when they take place in Sheffield from 11-13 March.

The record was set in the B final of the World Cup race and although many teams put tactics ahead of times, Great Britain performance director Stuart Horsepool was delighted with the achievement.

He said: "This is the first time Great Britain has held a relay world record in short-track and I am extremely proud of the team."

And Whelbourne told BBC Sport: "I couldn't believe it. We beat one of our rivals in Europe [the Netherlands] who claimed a European gold medal so we were pretty happy."

The gold medal race was won by Germany, with Korea taking the silver and Canada the bronze.

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