Short track: Christie falls foul of officials, again

Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:36am EST
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By Julian Linden

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - British short track speed skater Elise Christie's rotten luck at the Sochi Winter Olympics continued on Saturday when she was eliminated from the opening round of the women's 1,500 meters event.

Just two days after missing out on a silver medal in the 500m for causing a pileup, the 23-year-old again incurred the wrath of officials for an infringement in her heat.

Although Christie finished first in her heat, she was deemed not to have completed the race because she veered too far inside the track and did not cross the actual finish line.

Christie was initially bewildered by the ruling.

"I didn't know whether I'd come first or second but I believed I'd qualified and skated a clean race," she told reporters.

"However, they've disqualified me. I don't know what to say, I'm just confused. It's out of my control now, it's happened and I need to get on with it."

With the top three finishers in the heat advancing to the semi-finals, Christie was coasting along in second place as the six skaters approached the finish line.

But at the last moment, she suddenly elected to change direction and overtake Italy's Arianna Fontana but her new course took her too far inside the small oval track.   Continued...

Britain's Elise Christie cries after crashing out during the women's 500 metres short track speed skating final event at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 13, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray