British speed skaters will be heading to the World Championships in Sheffield as world record holders.
The Great Britain Short Track Speed Skating team smashed the 5,000 metre Relay world record by over two tenths of a second, posting a new time of 6 minutes 37.877 seconds at the World Cup in Dresden.
Jon Eley, Richard Shoebridge, Paul Stanley and Jack Whelbourne beat off the challenge of Russia and the Netherlands to claim a first ever world best.
Stanley also won a silver in the Men’s 500m individual race while Shoebridge finished fourth and Jon Eley fifth and seventh in two other 500m events.
Now the newly crowned world beaters get ready to test themselves at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships at the Motorpoint Arena from March 11-13.
The National Ice Skating Association (NISA) host the exciting, fast paced event which is being held in this country for the first time in 10 years with hundreds of the world’s best skaters, including many Winter Olympians from Asia, North America and Europe, taking part.
NISA chief executive Keith Horton said: “This is a fantastic achievement and will give the GB squad a great boost as they head to Sheffield where thery will go in as record holders on home turf.”
Stuart Horsepool, the GB Short Track Performance Director, said: “We obviously have the speed and now just need to hone our tactics to bring medal success in the World Championships.
I hope people will come out and support the team in Sheffield - they deserve it.”
Meanwhile Britain’s hopes of medal success at the Championships have been boosted by a £2.8m investment from UK Sport.
The GB team has seen vast improvements in performance over the last four years during which the team has won 21 medals at World level while at the European Championships in Heereveen, Holland, Jack Whelbourne won silver and bronze in the men’s 500m and 1,000m respectively and the men’s relay team took bronze.
For ticket details for the World Championships visit www.worldshorttrack2011.co.uk, www.motorpointarena.co.uk, or call the Motorpoint Arena Box Office 0114 256 5656.