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ISU World Cup: Short Track speed skater Elise Christie wins 1000m bronze despite crash

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Last Updated: 20/11/13 12:35pm

Elise Christie: Has qualified for Sochi 2014 despite a nasty fall in the 1500m semi-finals

Elise Christie: Has qualified for Sochi 2014 despite a nasty fall in the 1500m semi-finals

Elise Christie sealed qualification for Sochi 2014 in style as she won the 1000m bronze medal just 24 hours after a crash threatened to end her Winter Olympics dream.

The Sports Scholar was involved in a crash with Kim Alang of Korea and Italy's Arianna Fontana during the semi-finals of the 1500m on Saturday resulting in substantial bruising and meaning the Scot was forced to withdraw from both the 1500m and 500m competitions.

Christie was therefore awarded 7th position in the 1500m and 15th in the 500m, but the major concern was whether the 23-year-old's injuries were severe enough to rule her out of February's Games.

Those fears were allayed soon enough, however, as Christie returned to action the following day in her preferred distance, the 1000m and, despite the bruising restricting her, second placed finishes in her quarter-final and semi-final were enough to see her into the final.

The most notable issue for Christie was that she was unable to employ her usual tactic of racing from the front. However, the work on race tactics earlier in the season paid off as she skated well from the back before ultimately claiming the bronze medal - incidentally behind Fontana and Alang, the other skaters involved in Saturday's crash.

The medal was Christie's first in this season's World Cup series, made all the sweeter by the circumstances and was the ideal way to end the last major event before Sochi.

To find out more about Short Track Speed Skating, read our Understanding Short Track article.