Winter Olympics: Elise Christie misses out on medal
Written by Scott McGerty on 13th February 2018
Team GB’s Elise Christie has missed out on a medal in the short track 500m final, earlier as Day Four of the Winter Olympics in South Korea comes to a close.
Elise Christie missed out on a medal after she crashed during the Olympic 500m short track speed skating final in .
Christie had set a new Olympic record in her quarter-final in PyeongChang and came second in her semi-final to qualify for the final.
Christie was fourth at the first corner in the final but waited patiently to move into the medal positions before coming in close contact with Dutch skater Yara van Kerkhof and falling on the final lap.
Speaking afterwards the triple world champion said, “I was knocked over, I didn’t fall on my own,”
“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.”
Also in the short track skating, Farrell Treacy qualifies for Saturday’s 1000m quarter-finals but Joshua Cheetham finished 45th in the individual men’s sprint classic.
Meanwhile, Team GB continued to show encouraging signs ahead of the PyeongChang skeleton competitions as Laura Deas, Lizzy Yarnold and Dom Parsons all topped the time sheets today.
In women’s training, Deas was quickest on the third run while Olympic champion Yarnold did likewise on the fourth.
Parsons was also the man to beat on the men’s third heat, going three hundredths of a second faster than home favourite Yun Sungbin.
Skelton is one of the events where Team GB hope to be contending for the medals.
In the cross-country skiing, Andrew Young opened his PyeongChang 2018 campaign for Team GB with a 45th-place finish in the men’s individual sprint classic.
The three-time Olympian clocked a time of 3:21.50 which was outside of the top 30 required to progress through the competition.
He will now turn his attentions to Friday’s 15km individual free event, which will also feature Andrew Musgrave and Callum Smith.
Ones to watch tomorrow are South Shields’ Amanda Lightfoot as she goes in the biathlon women’s 15km at 11:05am UK time.
While Team GB’s curlers open their respective men’s and women’s campaigns.
Kyle Smith’s lads taking on Switzerland at 12:05am UK time and will also face Canada later the same day at 11:05am UK time.
Eve Muirhead’s team play against Olympic Athletes from Russia at 05:05am UK time.
Elsewhere alpine skiers Alex Tilley and Charlie Guest will contest the women’s slalom with the first run starting at 01:00am UK time.