Elise Christie disqualified in 1000m short track speed skating heats

Elise Christie was distraught after crashing out of the 500m final

Elise Christie was distraught after crashing out of the 500m final

Her right ankle remains a concern after that collision, following a hospital trip and X-rays, but the broader mystery is over her mental condition, given the accumulation of suffering, from three disqualifications at Sochi 2014 to tears after both her races here.

Instantly conceding five metres on her rivals through a total inability to push off the startline, she was cheered with every passing lap as she slowly made up ground on her rivals, before working her way through and somehow managing to cross the line in second place to secure the unlikeliest of qualifications to the next round.

She was visibly uneasy on her skates as she took to the line for her heat and the astonishing scenes began as she tripped over the leg of Hungary's Andrea Keszler and again hit the ice before getting to the first corner.

"I'm cautiously optimistic and the reason for saying that is she was on the ice today", said Team GB chef de mission Mike Hay. The head space, or whatever you want to call it, she's going to just be determined to make sure that ankle is fit.

They have no idea how much that means to me.

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"The only thing I can think of is if the referee doesn't think I was safe enough to race". I got knocked over and that's that. I thought maybe I can't do this now.

"I hope she's got the determination to stay on as it would be incredible if she does".

I promise Britain I will fight from this and I will come back in Beijing and hopefully I can do Britain proud then, added Christie. "I really want to win and I believe in myself and what I'm doing". It's just six races of my life that have gone completely wrong."Meanwhile, South Korea powered to gold in the women's short track speed skating 3,000 meters relay, defending the title they won in Sochi". What else can I say?

But the 27-year-old vowed to return in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. "It sounds weird but I was thinking about everyone back home watching and I just felt that I deserved to give it a go for them". I still don't know how competing at the Olympics, doing a sport I love, led to death threats.

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The Team GB generals maintain a decision on her participation in the 1000m heats on Tuesday will be taken at the last minute after a late training session.

Having chose to compete in the 1000m heats despite her skating being severely hampered by damaged ankle ligaments, Christie's hopes got off to a disastrous start as she was clipped off the start line and crashed on the very first corner.

Earlier, the 12,000 crowd showed its sympathetic side in support of Christie, who lived up to her reputation as Britain's unluckiest Olympian.

Christie exercised on a stationary bike in flip flops on Monday due to the swelling on her ankle but briefly returned to the ice on Monday to test the conditions.

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