Round up: October 29, 2017 ~ Passion/Patin/Vitesse - Passion/Speed/Skating


29 octobre 2017

Round up: October 29, 2017

Text:Carl Savard
Photo: Tony Chung @SHORTTRACKHD

Elise Christie honoured

It is last Thursday that the Sunday Times held its annual Sportswomen of the year award ceremony to salute and celebrate the outstanding contribution to sport made by female elite athletes, coaches and sports organisations from Great-Britain. The Sunday Times, founded by Henry White in 1821 and owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch since 1981 has been giving away those awards for thirty years now. The 2017 Sportswomen of the year award went to short track speed skating reigning world champion Elise Christie. Christie who was crowned world champion on 1000m, 1500m and on the overall ranking last spring in Rotterdam, Netherlands was chosen over five other athletes including tennis player Johanna Konta who became this year the first british female tennis player to reach the Wimbledon semi-final since Virginia Wade in 1978.

Seon-yeong No wants to win for her brother

In 2014, brother and sister Jin-kyu No and Seon-yeong No were excited by the idea of both competing at the Sochi olympic games. Life though, had other plans. Jin-kyu missed the 2014 Olympics due to an injury. Just two years later, the 2010 short track junior world champion and 2011 senior world champion died of cancer at the young age of 23. His big sister Seon-yeong, who already represented South Korea in three Olympic games in long track speed skating, told the korean news website Insight that she now dreams of winning a medal to honor her brother this coming winter in Pyeongchang. This could very well be Seon-yeong No’s last season in the sport and the goal she has given herself will surely make it an emotional one. We will definitely keep you updated.

The last major inline marathon was held in Jeonju

Ewen Fernandez from France and Felix Rijhnen from Germany finished their inline marathon season the way they started it in May by finishing first and second in a marathon in Korea. The one in May was in Incheon while this weekend’s race was in Jeonju. Korean skaters Geun-Seong Son finished in third place. The photo finish was necessary to determine the second, third and fourth places. On the women’s side, French skater Chloé Geoffroy finished in second place. The first and third place were won by two korean skaters but no official finisher’s  list has been shared so far. We will update the results as soon as they will be available.  

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