Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Anger as Brits Are Frozen Out

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Anger as Brits Are Frozen Out

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BRITISH short track speed skaters Sarah Lindsay and Elise Christie were left feeling frustrated after bowing out of their women's 500 metres quarter-finals in controversial fashion at the Pacific Coliseum.

Lindsay twice tangled with Canadian Jessica Gregg in her heat in the race to hit the front of the field and, on the second occasion, the judges ruled Lindsay was at fault and the 29-year-old was disqualified for interference.

China's defending champion Meng Wang won the heat ahead of Gregg and Lindsay was left feeling aggrieved.

"I feel like I didn't even get a chance to race," she said. "As the rules are, nobody has the right of way until you get on to the track.

"As far as I'm concerned until you're on the track, nobody has the right of way. I was already at a disadvantage being on the outside. We both crashed but she fell.

"It's not my fault she's clumsier than I am."

Asked how she would refocus, she replied: "By drop kicking my helmet in the athlete's area."

Christie was also unhappy with the manner of her exit in the final quarter-final. Christie had been well placed in second behind Canada's Marianne St-Gelais, only for a slight clash of skates one lap from home with Korea's Lee Eun-Byul to check her momentum.

The Korean overtook her and claimed second place to go through at the 19-year-old Scot's expense.

"I did a good race - I just had a slip with her on my inside," Christie said. "I think the referee should have called it, but there's nothing I can do now. The Korean should have been disqualified. She hit me and I lost speed."

Now Christie must regroup and prepare for her stronger distances, the 1500m heats on Saturday and the 1000m on Wednesday.

Britain's 5000m relay quartet of Anthony Douglas, Jon Eley, Tom Iveson and Jack Whelbourne finished last in the their semi-final behind China, Canada and Germany. …

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