Arianna Fontana, right, looked in fine form at the Capital Indoor Stadium ©Getty Images

Olympic champions Choi Min-jeong of South Korea and Arianna Fontana of Italy were among the top performers on day one of the International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup Short Track Speed Skating event in Beijing.

The two skaters won both their 500-metre heat and 1,500m quarter-final race as the Beijing 2022 test event got underway at the Capital Indoor Stadium in the Chinese capital.

Choi finished ahead of China’s Qu Chunyu to win her 500m contest in 42.793sec - a time only bettered by Poland’s Natalia Maliszewska across the eight heats.

The South Korean also produced the fastest time of the nine quarter-final heats in the 1,500m, winning in 2min 15.168sec as her compatriot Lee Yu-bin qualified in second.

Fontana, another Pyeongchang 2018 gold medallist, crossed first in heat one of 500m in 42.957 and booked her place in the semi-finals of the 1,500m after topping the final heat in 2:30.932.

Kim Ji-yoo of South Korea and Kim Boutin of Canada were the only other skaters to win their heats in both the 500m and 1,500m.

Elise Christie failed to advance to the latter stages of both the 500m and 1,500m in Beijing ©Getty Images
Elise Christie failed to advance to the latter stages of both the 500m and 1,500m in Beijing ©Getty Images

The top two competitors from each race advanced to the next round while there were also spaces available for the fastest third-place finishers, with six allocated for 500m and three for 1,500m.

Multiple world and European champion Elise Christie of Britain had a disappointing day as she finished outside the qualification places in both disciplines.

Olympic silver medallist Ren Ziwei of China starred in the men’s competition, finishing first in his 500m heat and 1,500m quarter-final race.

Shaoang Liu of Hungary, Stijn Desmet of Belgium, Semen Elistratov of Russia, Vladislav Bykanov of Israel, An Kai of China and Charles Hamelin of Canada also impressed as 21 skaters qualified for the 1,500m semi-finals.

Other strong performances in the 500m came from Hungarian duo Shaolin Sándor Liu and John-Henry Krueger, Desmet, Wu Dajing of China, Sebastien Lepape of France, Hwang Dae-heon of South Korea and Denis Nikisha of Kazakhstan.

They were among 20 athletes to progress to the semi-finals.

Competition is due to continue tomorrow.