Elise Christie's calamitous Winter Olympics came to an end as she crashed out of the women's 1000m semi-finals on the final bend.

Scot Christie, who had failed to finish at either of her previous 500m and 1500m disciplines, sought to force her way through for a top-two finish.

But she tangled with China's Jianrou Li and both were disqualified for impeding, leaving race winner Suk Hee Shim and another Chinese skater, Kexin Fan, to go through.

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The skater from Livingston had shrugged off her double disappointment by easing through her quarter-final in first place.

Christie started on the inside lane but suffered a minor knock on the first bend and settled for skating round in fourth and last position.

However, on the final lap Christie pounced, and when rivals Marie-Eve Drolet and Veronique Pierron tangled, the Livingston skater jumped to the front.

Giving her assessment of what had happened in the semi-final, Christie said: "When I saw the draw come out I saw it was the harder heat of the two - it was more like a final would be normally, and it was lane three, which isn't of benefit to me.

"So I thought I'd just save my energy and try to smash it at the end, and I knew if I kept patient I had the speed, so that is what I went to do.

"When I was coming around the outside, I saw they went wide because they knew I was coming. So that is why I switched inside and then pulled tight early, and thought 'I've done it'.

"I didn't need to go for the win - I thought 'I've qualified, that's what I need, and I need to save my energy for the final.'

"But unfortunately, I got knocked from behind unexpectedly and fell over but I still thought it would be fine. And then I got the penalty."

Asked if she knew exactly what the penalty was for, the 23-year-old said: "Vaguely - I've not talked it through with them but he (the referee) said I pushed her over."

She added: "The problem with short track is that the referees are always different and there is no kind of consistency because every referee has a different opinion.

"I always respect the referee's final decision, and I have to accept it anyway because that is short track, but I don't agree with it."