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Elise Christie's emotional interview after crashing out of 500m final was hard to watch

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Elise Christie once again suffered heartache in the final of the 500m speed-skating final at the Winter Olympics.

Italy's Arianna Fontana won her first gold medal after a photo finish, with video replays eventually penalising home favourite Choi Minjeong.

That meant that Christie was at least spared the ignominy of coming fifth, with Yara van Kerkhof of the Netherlands pushed up to second place and Canada's Kim Boutin given bronze, but that won't really have lessened the disappointment of the British skater.

After her own disqualifications in Sochi, this looked to be her opportunity as she was only narrowly pipped to first place in the semi-finals.

Yet, in the final, as she moved to race into third place an arm appeared to block her and she slid off into the barriers.

Although she eventually finished the race with a time of 1:23:063, to put that in perspective, Fontana managed 42.569.

Take a look at the incident below:

Speaking to the BBC after the race, a teary Christie explained:

"I was knocked over, I didn't fall on my own and when there's five people in the final it doesn't give you any benefit when someone gets a penalty.

"I worked so hard for the 500 and it's been taken away from me, and even in the semi-final I got crashed and ended up in lane four.

"I know it's short track and I'm supposed to be prepared for this, but it still hurts, you know.

"Hopefully, I've got a few days to reset. It's still almost a week until my best distance so there's a positive.

"Right now I just can't see living with this feeling, it's out of my control, I got knocked over and that's that.

"I just don't think I'll be taking much [sic] positives tonight."

It's devastating to see history repeating itself for her in Korea, though at least she still has two more attempts to win an Olympic medal.

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