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Pietro Sighel wins double gold at European Short Track Championships with 500m and 1500m wins

Pietro Sighel claimed two golds at the European Short Track Championships in Gdansk.

The Italian retained his 500m title after adding the 1500m gold to his collection in an impressive day.

His compatriot Elisa Confortola won her first European title with victory in the women’s 1500m with the usually dominant Netherlands only claiming one gold.

Sighel came out on top of the 1500m after staying in the mix throughout the race.

Defending champion Jens van ‘t Wout of the Netherlands could only manage fifth as his teammates Friso Emons and Itzhak de Laat completed the podium.

In the 500m, Sighel moved into the lead late in the race and did not relinquish it as Teun Boer finished 0.84 seconds back.

Bronze was decided in a photo finish as Stijn Desmet pipped Diane Sellier of Poland to the podium.

Confortola led an Italian 1-2 in the women’s 1500m as she beat out Gloria Ioriatti by just 0.03 seconds.

Confortola hung at the back for much of the final before surging through to take the win and her first European Championship title.

Hungary’s Rebeka Sziliczei-Nemet claimed bronze as last year’s silver medallist Hanne Desmet of Belgium was way off the pace in seventh.

In the women’s 500m, Xandra Velzeboer claimed gold to maintain Dutch dominance in the event, with compatriot Selma Poutsma winning silver.

The podium was separated by only 0.238 seconds with Desmet winning her second medal of the day and she will attempt to defend her 1000m title tomorrow.

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