Heart­break for Christie

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15-8fav Soon track­ing lead­ers on in­side, went 2nd over 1f out, quick­ened to lead in­side fi­nal fur­long, soon clear, won at Chelms­ford City 1m 2f mdn fll (5) pol in Jan beat­ing Frown by 7l, 12 ran.

6-1 Mid-di­vi­sion, go­ing well when not clear run over 2f out, soon closed, ran on to­wards fin­ish, un­able to chal­lenge, 4th of 12, 1 1/2l be­hind Sov­er­eign Duke at Kemp­ton 1m Novice Stakes (3yo) (5) pol in Jan.

6-4fav Tracked lead­ers, went 2nd 3f out, rid­den to lead en­ter­ing fi­nal fur­long, stayed on, won at Kemp­ton 1m Novice Stakes (3yo) (5) pol in Jan beat­ing Briscola by 1/2l, 12 ran. 11-10fav Traced win­ner 2f, handy 3rd, 2nd again on in­side over 1f out, switched right and one pace in­side fi­nal fur­long, no chance with win­ner, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l be­hind Desert Wind at Lingfield 1m 2f Novice Auc­tion Stakes (3yo) (6) pol in Jan. 15-2 Stead­ied start, held up and be­hind, rid­den over 1f out, pushed along and some late head­way, never nearer, 8th of 13, 4l be­hind Tan­sheet at New­cas­tle 1m 2yo nov stks (5) in Sep. Elise Christie of Britain sits on the ice af­ter crash­ing dur­ing the ladies’ 500 me­ters short track speed­skat­ing fi­nal in the Gangne­ung Ice Arena, and is in­con­solable (in­set be­low) GREAT Britain’s Elise Christie suf­fered fur­ther Olympics dis­ap­point­ment on a day when Aus­tria’s Mar­cel Hirscher ended his wait for gold with vic­tory in the men’s com­bined.

Christie, world cham­pion short­track speed­skater over 1000me­tres and 1,500m, crashed in the women’s 500m fi­nal.

The 27-year-old Scot’s Games agony goes on af­ter her triple dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion in Sochi four years ago.

Italy’s Ari­anna Fon­tana took gold, Hol­land’s Yara van Kerkhof sil­ver and Canada’s Kim Boudin was up­graded to a sur­prise bronze.

Hirscher has six world ti­tles and 55 World Cup wins, but had just one Olympic medal from two prior Games, with slalom sil­ver in 2014.

The 28-year-old was tri­umphant at Jeongseon Alpine Cen­tre, plac­ing sev­enth in the down­hill, be­fore over­haul­ing his 1.32 sec­onds deficit in his favoured slalom event to win by 0.23secs.

Alexis Pin­tu­rault took sil­ver and fel­low French­man Vic­tor Muf­fatJe­an­det bronze.

“I’m su­per-happy be­cause now this stupid ques­tion is gone away,” Hirscher said.

“If I’m think­ing that my ca­reer is per­fect with­out a gold medal, now this ques­tion is zzz, deleted.”

Hirscher is an es­tab­lished tal­ent and Chloe Kim a new one, af­ter the 17-year-old Cal­i­for­nian of South Korean de­scent claimed snow­board half­pipe gold.

Kim, whose par­ents em­i­grated to the United States from Seoul in 1982, scored 98.25 - 1.75 short of per­fect - for her third and fi­nal run to clinch gold.

China’s Liu Ji­ayu was sec­ond with a best score of 89.75 and Arielle Gold took bronze with 85.75.

Kim’s USA team-mate Shaun White led the way in qual­i­fy­ing for the men’s equiv­a­lent with 98.50.

Aus­tralia’s Scotty James scored 96.75 and Ayumu Hi­rano of Ja­pan, who scored 95.25. The fi­nal takes place on Wed­nes­day.

Canada won the mixed dou­bles curl­ing, beat­ing Switzer­land 10-3 in the fi­nal. The Olympic Ath­letes of Rus­sia pair took bronze.

The men’s 1,500m long-track speed-skat­ing event was won by Kjeld Nuis of Hol­land, with his team-mate Pa­trick Roest sec­ond.

Swe­den’s Stina Nils­son won the women’s cross-coun­try ski­ing sprint clas­sic, with Nor­way’s Jo­hannes Hoes­flot Klaebo win­ning the equiv­a­lent men’s event.

The women’s luge was won by Natalie Geisen­berger of Ger­many.

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