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Sochi 2014: Elise Christie ends her miserable Games by being penalised in 1,000m semi-final


Sochi 2014: speed skater Elise Christie ends her miserable Games by being penalised in 1,000m semi-final


Down and out: Elise Christie is clipped in her semi-final from behind and is deemed to have offended Photo: GETTY IMAGES




Elise Christie’s calamitous Winter
Olympics
came to an end as she crashed out of the women’s 1000m
semi-finals on the final bend in fortunate circumstances once again.

Christie, who had failed to finish at either of her previous 500m and 1500m
disciplines, sought to force her way through for a top-two finish in her
most-successful event.

But she tangled with China’s Jianrou Li and both were disqualified for
impeding, leaving race winner Suk Hee Shim and another Chinese skater, Kexin
Fan, to go through.

“Honest to God, I’m pretty sure she hit me from behind,” Christie said after
her semi final. “I’ve not got anything against the officials but I am very
confused and heart-broken now.

“I never in 100 years expected to be penalised. I’ve devastated – I’ve spent
all that time training. I had not even given everything yet.”

The Scot had shrugged off her double disappointment by easing through her
quarter-final in first place.

Christie started on the inside lane but suffered a minor knock on the first
bend and settled for skating round in fourth and last position.

However, on the final lap Christie pounced, and when rivals Marie-Eve Drolet
and Veronique Pierron tangled, the Livingston skater jumped to the front.

Giving her assessment of what had happened in the semi-final, Christie said: “When
I saw the draw come out I saw it was the harder heat of the two – it was
more like a final would be normally, and it was lane three, which isn’t of
benefit to me.

“So I thought I’d just save my energy and try to smash it at the end,
and I knew if I kept patient I had the speed, so that is what I went to do.

“When I was coming around the outside, I saw they went wide because they
knew I was coming. So that is why I switched inside and then pulled tight
early, and thought ‘I’ve done it’.

“I didn’t need to go for the win – I thought: ‘I’ve qualified, that’s
what I need, and I need to save my energy for the final.’

“But unfortunately, I got knocked from behind unexpectedly and fell over
but I still thought it would be fine. And then I got the penalty.”

Asked if she knew exactly what the penalty was for, the 23-year-old said: “Vaguely
– I’ve not talked it through with them but he (the referee) said I pushed
her over.”

She added: “The problem with short track is that the referees are always
different and there is no kind of consistency because every referee has a
different opinion.

“I always respect the referee’s final decision, and I have to accept it
anyway because that is short track, but I don’t agree with it.”


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Sochi 2014: Elise Christie ends her miserable Games by being penalised in 1,000m semi-final

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