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Sarah Lindsay angry after short track disqualification

Sarah Lindsay

Lindsay distraught after disqualification

British skater Sarah Lindsay was fuming after being disqualified from the 500m short track speed skating race.

The initial clash, with Canada's Jessica Gregg, forced a restart but when the pair hit the ice again in similar fashion Lindsay was thrown out.

And she claimed the race should have been restarted again. "That's what has happened in every other race in the last 12 years," she told BBC Sport.

China's Wang Meng took gold from Marianne St-Gelais and Arianna Fontana.

Wang, who set a new Olympic record of 42.985 seconds in the semi-final was never in trouble in the final as she won by more than half a second from Canada's St-Gelais. Italy's Fontana was comfortable in third, ahead of Gregg.

China's new world record holder Wang Meng

China's Wang wins 500m short track gold

For Lindsay, who is not expected to compete in any other events at the Games, exiting without even completing a lap of her heat was tough to take.

"It's hard because I didn't even have the chance to show what I can do," she added.

"It always gets rough and there are always falls and crashes at the start but nobody has right of way yet until you're on the track and in your lane.

"We both crashed, she kept falling. It is not my fault she was more clumsy.

"I don't know why this race was any different. I don't know why the Canadian got preference."

Britain's other competitors in short track action, Jon Eley and Tom Iveson, failed to qualify from their 1,000m heats.

Iveson led his heat early on, but was picked off, with China's Jialiang Han winning, and finished last in his heat.

With only the top two going through, Nottinghamshire skater Eley was well placed in second going into the final lap of his heat, but he was overtaken by Dutchman Sjinkie Knegt on the final bend.

"I'm very disappointed," he said. "I thought I'd skated really well out there. I did a personal best but just let it slip on the last lap.

"I wasn't quite on it in the last corner. I did make a mistake."

American Apolo Anton Ohno continued his quest for a record seventh Olympic short track medal by winning his 1,000m heat.

Eley and Iveson returned to the track with Anthony Douglas and Jack Whelbourne in the semi-final of the men's 5,000m, but the quartet could only finish fourth and miss out on the final.

Eley goes in the 500m heats on the 24 February with the final two days later.



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