Elise Christie has been disqualified from the women’s 1,000m short track speed skating heats, ending her hopes of winning a Winter Olympic medal in Pyeongchang.
Christie crashed to the ice within the opening seconds of the start but under short track rules, a crash on the first lap leads to a re-start.
Despite evidently being in a lot of pain, Christie soon got back into her stride and crossed the line in second place, before being disqualified after bumping Holland’s Anna van Ruijven.
It was a nightmare end for Christie, who had faced a race against time to be fit after suffering an ankle injury in a crash in the 1,500m on Saturday.
Her participation in the heats for her favoured distance was only confirmed one hour before the start, and it was evident she was still troubled by the injury as she struggled to make the start line for the re-start of her heat.
It is the second consecutive Olympics in which Christie has failed to finish in her three events, after she was disqualified from all three in Sochi four years ago.