Elise Christie was in a good position to get a medal in the closing stages of the race.

But she crashed out when seemingly being on course for bronze.

Christie was in tears after crossing the line dead last.

“I was knocked over, I didn’t fall on my own,” she said through the tears.

“It’s just tough, I worked so hard. It has been taken away from me. Even in the semi final I got crashed into and ended up in lane four.

“It is short track and I am supposed to be prepared for this but it hurts.

“Hopefully I can come back again. I can reset. It’s almost a week until my best distance.

“Right now I can’t see living with this feeling.”

Italy’s Arianna Fontana won gold, having practically led from start to finish.

Yara van Kerkhof of the Netherlands bagged the silver medal, with Canada’s Kim Boutin securing bronze.

For Christie it is a sad repeat of her Olympic nightmare of 2014, where she failed to win a medal in three separate finals.

Christie had set the Olympic record in qualifying for the final in PyeongChang and is the 500m world record holder.

But a bad start for the Brit meant she was always playing catch-up in the final.

Christie was fourth for much of the race and at one stage looked to have cut out a path on the inside of her rivals.

But she appeared to get taken out from behind when rounding a bend late on in the race.

Three-time Olympics short track speed skater Sarah Lindsay said: “She got away fast but obviously it was pretty messy.

“There is no room for error. There is always contact that you can’t do anything about.

“I feel terrible for her. She is skating so well. She will be so disappointed.”

Christie still has a chance of a medal, with the three-time world champion set to compete in the 1000m and 1500m later in the Games.

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