Leicestershire speed skater on track for Winter Olympics gold

Loughborough College student Farrell Treacy has taken a step closer to short-track speed skating gold at the 2018 Games.

The men’s 1,000m heats at Gangneung Ice Arena in South Korea saw Farrell qualify for the quarter-finals on Saturday after finishing second behind USA’s John-Henry Krueger in a time of 1:26.762.

The 22-year-old crashed out of Saturday’s 1500m heats and is looking forward to the quarter-finals after his 1,000m success: “It’s nice to get a good solid run after how the 1500m went. I just wanted to get through to the next round so that’s good.

“I looked at my coach and thought maybe I was going to have a go at the American in that heat but he said to take it easy, calm down and just get through. So I just backed off.”

“On Saturday I will have blown the cobwebs away. I’ll be a lot calmer and hopefully I can pull something out of the bag. This is my distance so I feel calm and comfortable here.”

Elsewhere former Loughborough College Joshua Cheetham missed out on qualification by a single place after finishing third in his heat in a time of 1:26.223.

Farrell Treacy (Photo by Patrick Elmont/Getty Images)

“I tried to get stuck in early on which I did. I just didn’t quite have the legs at the end but I’m really pleased with my performance and I left everything out there on the ice.”

“To say that I’m an Olympian is amazing and I’ve really enjoyed it,” added Joshua, following his Winter Games debut.

“Watching the guys earlier on in the week compete really got me firing. I’ve been here already for two weeks and I was really excited to get on the ice and get involved.

“We are so lucky as a programme and I’m so lucky to be in the situation that I am in.

“I’ll be here supporting the guys. I’ll continue training to help the guys out so I’ll be involved around the team.”

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