Missouri's Olympic speedskater comes up short in 500m, looks forward to next race

Thursday, February 13, 2014 | 1:12 p.m. CST; updated 3:49 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 13, 2014

COLUMBIA — Emily Scott, Missouri's Olympic short track speedskater, did not advance in the 500m race Thursday in Sochi, Russia. 

Scott finished third in her heat during the quarterfinals with a time of 44.709 seconds. The race was ultimately won by Li Jianrou of China with Arianna Fontana of Italy taking the silver and Park Seung-Hi of Korea the bronze.

Craig Scott said his daughter is looking ahead to her next two races. The 1500m takes place Saturday.

"She's never been a sprinter. She's looking forward to the 1000m and 1500m," Craig Scott wrote in a text message sent from Sochi. 

"She prefers the longer distances, so, she is more confident going ahead." 

A crash during the first lap of the 500m took out three opponents, which led to an upset.

During the first lap, Elise Christie of Great Britain tried to move to a better position as she rounded the first corner, but lost her footing and caused Fontana and Park to fall with her. 

Li easily skated across the finish line. Christie crossed second but was penalized and did not receive a medal. Fontana took the silver and Park the bronze. 

China has won gold in the 500m race for the past four Olympics. Li's win was China's second gold in the games and the third medal overall.

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.

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