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Christie disqualified in 1000m as PyeongChang campaign ends in disaster

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20/02/2018 at 10:29 | Updated 20/02/2018 at 11:37

Elise Christie's Olympic campaign ended in disqualification despite her 1000m heat being restarted after the Briton fell on the first attempt.

There was immediate drama as the 27-year-old crashed out within yards of the start line on the first attempt, only for the race to be restarted.

Upon the restart, Christie - who was visibly struggling with her ankle injury - battled to remain in contention and even crossed the line in second place.

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However, she was disqualified moments later as her PyeongChang campaign ended in miserable fashion.

It was her second penalty - for 'dangerous skating', cutting off another athlete - that ultimately dictated that she would not progress through to the quarter-finals.

"All I can really think about is how hard I worked in the last few days since I hurt myself," Christie told Eurosport after the race.

I had the crash on the start which made it much harder, which hurt! I don't know why I've been given the yellow card - but nothing really happened.

"I have total respect for why the referees made the decision, and it's probably for safety reasons.

"It was the people back home [who got me on the start line]. There are so many disbelievers, but I can't explain what it means from the people who sent their support. It's so nice. That's amazing."

Fellow Brit Charlotte Gilmartin finished third in her heat, while Kathryn Thomson finished fourth in hers as both also failed to make it through to the quarter-finals.

For Christie it has been a hugely frustrating Olympics.

"I felt for her but I was so, so proud of her," Gilmartin said of her team-mate, Christie.

She had earlier crashed out of the women's 1500m event on Saturday after she collided with China's Li Jinyu in a desperate attempt to qualify for the final.

She crossed skates with the Chinese athlete on the final lap and hit the track barrier hard, damaging her ankle in the process and was taken to hospital as a result.

It was later confirmed that Christie had ruptured the tendons in her ankle and it was reported that she was in 'a race against time' to be fit for Tuesday's 1000m event.

But the 2017 three-time world champion, who was disqualified from all three of her Olympic events in Sochi four years ago, showed enormous courage and determination in even making it to the start line on Tuesday.

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