Short Track

Friday Feb. 21, 2014 12:14 ET

Valerie Maltais eliminated from 1,000m short track event

Canadian falls on final lap in semifinals

Valerie Maltais crashes in short track
Valerie Maltais of Canada reacts after falling in the women's 1,000-metre short track semifinals on Friday in Sochi. (Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Canada's Valerie Maltais fell on the final lap and failed to qualify for the women’s 1,000-metre short track final at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.

With only two women allowed to advance in each of the semifinal heats, Maltais had the final in her sight. But as she was sitting in second place, Maltais clipped her left skate during a turn and fell before sliding into the wall.

South Korea's Park Seung-Hi won the gold in a time of  one minute, 30.761 seconds. China's took the sliver in Fan Kexin 1:30.811, while Park's teammate Shim Suk Hee finished third at 1:31.027.

Marie-Eve Drolet finished third in her quarter-final heat, and was eliminated from the competition. Drolet dropped off the back in the closing laps of the race, and couldn’t get back to the leaders.

Maltais then finished second in the B final.

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