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British Skater Gives Heartbreaking Interview After Crashing Out In Olympic Final

British Skater Gives Heartbreaking Interview After Crashing Out In Olympic Final

Four years after she was disqualified from the final of the 500m short-track speed skating in Sochi, Elise Christie crashed out of the final at the same distance in South Korea.

As she moved into the bronze medal position on the final lap, Christie - who holds the world record over 500m - had her hand, which was on the ice, touched by the skate of Yara van Kerkhof.

 

 

Italian Arianna Fontana crossed the line just ahead of South Korean Choi Min-jeong. Though, the home favourite would shortly after be disqualified with Van Kerkhof moving up to second and Canadian Kim Boutin into third.

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Post-race, the 27-year-old gave a heartbreaking interview to the BBC.

Just in my feelings, I was knocked over, I didn't fall on my own. When there's five people in the final, it doesn't give you any benefit when someone gets a penalty.

It's tough, I've worked so hard for the 500. It's just been taken away from me. Even in the semi-final, I got crashed in and ended up in lane four. I know it's short-track and I know I'm supposed to be prepared for this but it still hurts, you know.

We've got a week to reset and it's still a week until my best distance.

I just can't see living with this feeling, you know. It's out of my control, I got knocked out and that's that.

Christie still has two events left at the games - the 1000m and 1500m.

 

PJ Browne
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