Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Jenna McCorkell set to finish her career with a flourish

Ice cool: Jenna McCorkell books free programme place yesterday
Ice cool: Jenna McCorkell books free programme place yesterday

Jenna McCorkell is on course to finish her career on a high at the World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan.

McCorkell skated superbly yesterday to book a place in today's free programme.

"So pleased with my short programme at the world championships in Japan," McCorkell tweeted last night.

The 27-year-old from Coleraine produced a season's best 50.56 yesterday to finish 20th in the short programme.

Japan's Mao Asada leads on 78.66 followed by Carolina Kostner of Italy and Russian Yulia Lipnitskaya.

McCorkell was desperately unlucky at last month's Winter Olympics in Sochi, missing out on progressing to the free programme by one place and eventually finishing 25th.

She was just 0.22 of a point outside the top 24 qualifiers.

The World Championships, which conclude on Sunday, are expected to be McCorkell's last competition in a glittering career that has brought a record 11 British titles and saw her twice compete in the Winter Olympics.

McCorkell will not be lost to the sport, though, as she intends to become more involved in figure skating shows as well as coaching.

Meanwhile, British pair Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland are taking lessons from cycling's 'marginal gains' mantra.

Coomes and Buckland hit their target of 10th at last month's Sochi Winter Olympics and are in action at the World Championships.

The couple will use British Cycling's success as inspiration.

"We're watching documentaries about cyclists," said Coomes.

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