Published: Tue, February 20, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Elise Christie's Olympics are over after 1000m disqualification

Elise Christie's Olympics are over after 1000m disqualification

Briton Elise Christie's hopes of a medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics are over after she was disqualified in her 1,000m short track heat.

At this point in Elise Christie's otherwise brilliant career as a short track speed skater, she is known more for her proclivity for falls and disqualifications in the Winter Olympics than her records and world championship.

The British hopeful's Games are now over following a disappointing few weeks in which she crashed out of the 500m final and failed to reach the 1500m final.

The 27-year-old three-time world champion took second place in her 1,000m heat after a wipe-out, only to be hit with yet another disqualification.

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Italy's Arianna Fontana took gold - having won five previous medals of a different hue - and after second-place finisher Choi Minjeong of South Korea was disqualified, Yara van Kerkhof of the Netherlands took silver and Canadian Kim Boutin bronze.

But before she could contend for a medal in the 1000-meter race, the referees showed her a yellow card for apparently blocking the path of Poland's Magdalena Warakomska, a move that disqualified her from the next run.

The Team GB athlete then finished second in the 1000m skate to apparently book a place in the next round. I got knocked over and that's that. The only reason I was given a choice was because it's the Olympics. "I've trained all my life for this and to me this was everything". I thought about the adrenaline and how that might take over.

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Christie passed a late fitness test on Tuesday, after she damaged her ankle during Saturday's 1,500m semi-final but the Scot looked to be in pain throughout the 1,000m heats. "But right now I can't see living with this feeling".

Christie has suffered a succession of disappointments at the Olympics - with death threats after her performances in Sochi four years ago - but Hay insists she is mentally prepared, should she line up in her favourite event. You don't become a world champion if you're not a great athlete. It is good enough for qualification, but she is subsequently disqualified by the race judges. This sport has a variation in terms of having very young kids - particularly from Asia - while in western Europe and North America they tend to be a little bit older. Obviously there's going to be an element of risk if she does make it'. She will go through a tougher training session tomorrow.

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