Britain's Jon Eley reached the final of the 500m speed skating after several event-filled qualification heats but could only finish fifth and last.
Eley was drawn in a tough lane five for the 500m final
Eley reached the semi-finals after one of his rivals was disqualified and another tripped.
And he was awarded a place in the final when China's Jiajun Li was disqualified and Eley was impeded on the line.
But after being drawn in lane five for the final he failed to trouble eventual winner Apolo Anton Ohno of America.
Afterwards Eley said: "I didn't quite get the start I wanted in the final and the first full lap wasn't as quick as I would have liked.
"I feel like I skated pretty well at these Games and next time I come to an Olympics I can come away with a medal."
Race winner Ohno dominated the final throughout and lifted his arms to celebrate after crossing the line in front of Canada's Francois-Louis Tremblay.
Ahn Hyun-Soo, of South Korea, took the bronze.
Ahn had been favourite for the gold but still ended the Games as the first skater to win three individual medals in short track.
He had earlier won the 1000m and 1,500m. He and his South Korean team-mates also took the gold in the 5,000m relay.