Short Track - Britain's Christie thrown out of 1500m for 1cm blunder

Britain's Elise Christie has been hit yet another devastating blow at the Winter Olympics as she was disqualified from her 1500m short track skating heat in Sochi.

Just two days after missing out on a silver medal in the 500m for causing a pileup, the 23-year-old again incurred the wrath of officials for an infringement in her heat.

Although Christie finished first in her heat, she was deemed not to have completed the race because she veered too far inside the track and did not cross the actual finish line.

China's Zhou Yang went on to win the gold.

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Christie was initially bewildered by the ruling.

"I didn't know whether I'd come first or second but I believed I'd qualified and skated a clean race," she told reporters.

"However, they've disqualified me. I don't know what to say, I'm just confused. It's out of my control now, it's happened and I need to get on with it.

"I'm looking forward to getting back out there for the 1000m but it's been a hard few days and I'm struggling to bounce back. I'm just going to try my best."

With the top three finishers in the heat advancing to the semi-finals, Christie was coasting along in second place as the six skaters approached the finish line.

But at the last moment, she suddenly elected to change direction and overtake Italy's Arianna Fontana but her new course took her too far inside the small oval track.

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Coach Nicky Gooch tried to argue her case and admitted the decision left him shocked.

"The referee said Elise didn't cross the line," he said.

"Where the finish line crosses the track, she crossed inside that line. The judge ruled she was off track and that means officially she hasn't finished the race.

"The top three qualified, she'd done nothing wrong. She tried to win the race because there is a benefit to that and the referee has called it off track.

"I've seen it called before but it doesn't happen normally and I was really shocked. I've looked at the video and we're talking millimetres here.

"To the letter of the law it's probably right but she's clearly qualified through that race but the rules say you can't be inside the line."

Christie still has one event left in Sochi, the 100m, which is her favourite race.

"I'm looking forward to getting back out there for the 1000m," she said."

"It's been a hard few days and I'm struggling to bounce back. I'm just going to try my best."