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The North Korean was disqualified.

North Korean speed skater Jong Kwang Bom shows his unsporting side

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There was controversy aplenty from day 11 at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.

During the Men's 500m Speed Skating track heat event, North Korean Jong Kwang Bom instigated an act of appalling unsporting conduct.

The 16-year-old ice prodigy tumbled moments from the start of Tuesday's race.

Having slipped onto the surface, Kwang Bom proceeded to reach out and then grab the skate of Japanese rival Keita Watanabe, in a desperate attempt to prevent his opponent from doing well in the event, by trying to make him crash as well.

In a hotly-contested afternoon of skating action in the North Korean capital, it wasn't the only time that the pair ultimately clashed after not seeing eye-to-eye.

Following the restart, and with the skaters in full flow, Kwang Bom was subsequently disqualified after bumping into Watanabe for a second time.

During his second run, the confrontation led to Watanabe again being floored onto the ice in another act of unsavoury behaviour by his North Korean counterpart during a heated race.

Despite being tripped up by his fellow skater, Watanabe refuted any claims that suggested Kwang Bom played any sinister part in the incident.

He told Yahoo Sports: “I believe it was unintentional.

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“His hand happened to be by my skate as he fell down.”

Japanese coach Jonathan Guilmette also feels that Kwang Bom didn't mean to do what he did.

He said: “I don’t know what was his intention.

“It is really hard to judge what’s the intention.

“I don’t know if he tried to grab the skates or if he is just trying to hold onto something like a reflex."

Watch the incident for yourself below and make your own judgement.

Was it on purpose? Or was it an accident?

The Japanese coach continued: “There are so many hands all over in our sport.

“That was a reflex thing more than trying to trip over someone else.”

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