Short track: Christie falls foul of officials, again
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...