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Women’s sports news round-up – Dec 19

December 19, 2016
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It was a fantastic weekend for Elise Christie after she won double gold in Korea at the Speed Skating World Cup. Elsewhere in winter sports, Lizzy Yarnold continued her strong comeback with a second placing in Lake Placid and the Adcocks finished the season on a high with silver at the Badminton World Superseries Finals in Dubai.

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Speedskating: Double gold for Elise Christie in Korea
Elise Christie turned up the pressure on Korea after dominating the 1000m distance at the 4th ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating competition of the season.  On the new home ground for the Korean skaters, and the new 2018 Olympic venue, the Gangneung Ice Arena, Christie produced some class skating to round off the last world cup of the calendar year. Full story via GB Short Track

Badminton: Adcocks take silver in year ending Dubai final
Chris and Gabby Adcock ended 2016 in scintillating style by claiming silver  in the World Superseries Finals in Dubai after gold-medal match defeat to Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen.The Adcocks had been defending champions after tasting victory last year, but found the No.4 seeds a challenge too far, losing 21-12 21-12 in the mixed doubles final. Full story via TeamGB

Skeleton: Podium for Yarnold in second race after comeback
Lizzy Yarnold returned to the World Cup podium for the first time in 18 months after finishing as runner up to Austria’s Janine Flock in Lake Placid. The Olympic champion lost out to Flock – 2016 World Championships silver medallist – after the 27-year-old posted the fastest time in both runs, but Yarnold now leads the overall World Cup standings. Full story via TeamGB

BBC Sports Personality 2016: Simone Biles wins overseas award
American gymnast Simone Biles has won the 2016 BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award. The 19-year-old broke new ground with a series of dazzling routines as she secured four gold medals at the Rio Olympics. Victory in the floor event added to her all-around, vault and team titles. Described by some observers as the best of all time, she was the first American and fifth female to win four gymnastics gold medals at a single Games. Full story via the BBC

BBC Young Sports Personality: Swimmer Ellie Robinson wins award
Swimmer Ellie Robinson has won the 2016 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award after claiming gold at the Rio Paralympics aged 15. She triumphed in the S6 50m butterfly final with a Games record. The teenager from Northampton was named Young Personality from a shortlist of three which also included rugby union’s Keelan Giles and gymnast Amy Tinkler. Robinson follows in the footsteps of past winners, such as Wayne Rooney, Andy Murray and Ellie Downie. Full story via the BBC

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