Christie qualifies for 500m short-track final
XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February
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Briton Elise Christie is into the final of the Winter Olympics 500m short-track speed skating after finishing second in her semi-final.

The 27-year-old was settled in second during the race, clear of the drama behind her as China’s Chunyu Qu fell.

Christie will aim to win her first Olympic medal and Great Britain’s first medal of the Games when the final gets under way at 12:09 GMT.

Britain have been set a minimum target of five medals from Pyeongchang 2018.

Similar to the quarter-final, it was Canadian Kim Boutin who led from Christie in the opening lap. However, both Dutchwoman Yara van Kerkhof and Qu joined the battle which resulted in the Chinese skater spinning off after coming into contact with Boutin.

Van Kerkhof crossed the line ahead of Christie, with Boutin third. However, because Qu was judged to be the culprit in the collision with Boutin she was penalised while the Canadian was advanced to the final.

Her inclusion means there are five skaters in the final, including home favourite Choi Min-jeong. She won her semi-final in an Olympic record time of 42.422 seconds, breaking the previous mark set by Christie in the earlier round.

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