Britain's Elise Christie Says She Was Knocked Over In Speed Skating Final

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A distraught Elise Christie says a medal was ‘taken away’ from her after she was ‘knocked over’ in the final of the 500m short track speed skating at the Winter Olympics.

Going into the race as one of the favourites, the Briton crashed out midway through the race and missed out on a medal.

Arianna Fontana of Italy won gold, crossing the line just ahead of home favourite Choi Minjeong. However the South Korean was disqualified after the race for her involvement in Christie’s crash.

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>>> Tearful Elise Christie claims she was ‘knocked over’ after fresh Olympics heartbreak
Elise Christie crashed out in the final (EPA)


>>> Tearful Elise Christie claims she was ‘knocked over’ after fresh Olympics heartbreak
Christie was in tears (PA)

But it made little different to Christie who was devastated after the race.

"In my feelings I was knocked over, I didn't fall on my own… I've worked so hard for the 500 and it's been taken away from me"

Utter heartbreak for Elise Christie#WinterOlympics2018 #bbcolympics

— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 13, 2018

‘I was knocked over, I didn’t fall on my own,’ she said through tears.


‘It’s just tough, I worked so hard. It has been taken away from me. Even in the semi-final I got crashed into and ended up in lane four. 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. Right now I can’t see living with this feeling.’

How Elise's crash happened.#bbcolympics#Pyeongchang2018

— Ollie Williams (@OllieW) February 13, 2018

Sarah Lindsay, a three-time Olympic short track speed skater, told the BBC: ‘We just have to accept their [the judges] decision. As hard as it might be.

‘It wasn’t down to Elise’s own skating. She has to take positives from that – it’s not like she hasn’t been skating well. There is a lot of expectation on her but she has to put that behind her and move on. I’m sure she will because she is the comeback queen.’

>>> Tearful Elise Christie claims she was ‘knocked over’ after fresh Olympics heartbreak
Christie crashed as she tried to move up the field (Getty)
>>> Tearful Elise Christie claims she was ‘knocked over’ after fresh Olympics heartbreak
She had to be consoled (Getty)

Christie does at least have two more opportunities at a medal, with the 1000m and 1500m to come, with finals on Saturday and then next Thursday.

But the incident will surely create fears of a repeat of Sochi 2014 when she was disqualified from all three events.

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Wilf O’Reilly, a former British short track speed skater, told the BBC: ‘She has the 1,500m and the 1,000m still to go. One of the things she has to do is stay positive. Her team, the people back home, have to stay behind her. It’s just the start of the Olympics!


‘The British camp have to be positive. Everything was going according to plan before the final but it’s not the end of the world. We still have two distances to go.’

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