UK's Christie crashes out of skate final

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UK's Christie crashes out of skate final

Christie crashes out in short-track 500m final
XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage times

Briton Elise Christie missed out on an Olympic medal after crashing in the 500m short-track speed skating final.

It was another setback for the Scot, 27, who was disqualified in each of her three events in Sochi four years ago.

Christie, who was given fourth place, was in tears when she told BBC Sport: “I was knocked over, I didn’t fall on my own. It’s just tough, I worked so hard. It has been taken away from me.”

Italy’s Arianna Fontana won gold and Dutchwoman Yara van Kerkhof got silver.

Home favourite Choi Min-jeong, who was beaten to the line by Fontana, was later disqualified, handing bronze to Canada’s Kim Boutin.

On the final lap, Christie attempted to move herself into a medal position but fell over in contact with Yara van Kerkhof.

“Even in the semi-final I got crashed into and ended up in lane four,” she said. “It is short track and I am supposed to be prepared for this but it hurts.

“Hopefully I can come back again. I can reset. It’s almost a week until my best distance.”

Christie’s tactics in the previous two rounds were to move to the front early in the race, but in the final she found herself trailing in fourth.

The Scot was briefly in third spot, but as she tried to hold her line on the final lap her hand came in contact with Van Kerkhof’s boot which resulted in her careering into wall.

The world champion goes again on Saturday in the 1500m and that his followed by her favoured event, the 1,000m, which begins on Tuesday.

Elise Christie, who was disqualified in each of her three events at Sochi 2014, suffered more heartache at Pyeongchang 2018

Source: BBC – UK News

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