Britain’s No 1 speed skater Elise Christie broke the 500m world record at the second World Cup event of the season in Salt Lake City.
The Sky Academy Sports Scholar had revealed in the build-up to a new season that she had been ‘learning to lose’ and training with her male team-mates in a bid to sharpen her focus and give her an extra edge for the new campaign.
That preparation paid off in Utah as the 26-year-old posted a time of 42.335 seconds in her quarter-final, beating the previous mark of 42.504 set by Fan Kexin of China.
But that was to be as good as it got for Christie as she fell in the closing stages of the final which was won by Marianne St Gelais of Canada in a time of 43.059 with Choi Minjeong in second and Kexin in third.
The Scot had taken 500m gold in the opening event of World Cup series in Calgary earlier this month.
The Livingston-born skater won a silver medal and three bronzes at this year’s World Championships in March.
Next up for Christie are World Cup events in Shanghai and Gangneung in South Korea before Christmas.
The short track speed skating World Championships will be held in Rotterdam in March.