'It's Been Taken Away From Me': Elise Christie Crashes Out Of 500-Meter Speed Skating

Britain's Elise Christie broke down in tears after she missed out on an Olympic medal after crashing during the 500 meter short-track speed skating final on Tuesday (February 13).

Christie, who was disqualified in each of her three events in Sochi four years ago, was given fourth after colliding with Holland's Yara van Kerkhof and falling over.

Arianna Fontana won gold and Van Kerkhof took silver, leaving the 27-year-old Scot devastated about the incident.

"I was knocked over," she told BBC Sport. "I didn't fall on my own. When there's five people in a final, that doesn't give you any benefit when someone gets a penalty. It's just tough. I've worked so hard and it's been taken away from me."

Choi Min-jeong, the home favorite, was beaten to the line by Fontana but she was later disqualified, seeing bronze go to Canada's Kim Boutin.

Christie had been in third place briefly but as she looked to hold her line heading into the final lap, she came into contact with Van Kerkhof's boot and ended up hitting the wall.

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Elise Christie at Gangneung Ice Arena, Gangneung, South Korea, February 13. Christie crashed out of the 500m. Richard Heathcote/Getty

"It's short-track and, obviously, we all say going into it that we're ready for that but it still hurts," Christie told Eurosport. "If it's a World Championships, if it's a World Cup, I am ready for it, but it's something you've worked so hard for and for someone to just knock you over and for it to be over like that, it seems so unfair.

"I went into the space because that was the perfect opportunity and then if I get into second now I can go for it in the last lap and that gives me time. I got hit and that's the problem when there's five people in the final. If there were four people I'd have a bronze medal right now."

Christie, the triple world champion, will compete again on Saturday in the 1,500 meters followed by the 1,000 meters on February 20.

"I'm going to have a day to get over it and then I'll need to get over it," she added. "The 1,000 meters is more the distance I'm focused on. I've got the best part of a week to get refocused for that so it will be fine. But this is my favorite distance, I love it."