Gilmartin through to next round in Sochi

By Ian Dipple Monday 10 February 2014 Updated: 11/02 10:07

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REDDITCH'S Charlotte Gilmartin has made it through to the next round of the women's 500m short track speed skating at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The former Arrow Vale pupil came second in her heat in a time of 44.44 seconds behind the Netherlands Jorien ter Mors.

Gilmartin, from Winyates Green, is now through to the quarter-finals which take place on Thursday morning from 10am.

She said: "It was a tough heat and it was a tough draw on the outside but I got the job done. I knew I had to do some overtaking and I've been practising that in training and I've been making sure I've got that nailed. The pressure was on but I got the job done."

The 23-year-old has been drawn in the first quarter-final and faces a tough task to progress as she will be going up against Marianne St-Gelais, who won the silver medal in the 500m event in Vancouver four years ago.

Gilmartin is also competing in the 1,500m event on Saturday and in which she won European bronze just over a year ago.

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