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Ohno DQ'd in 500, teams up for bronze in 5,000

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  February 26, 2010 10:33 PM

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Update, 11:15:The US 5,000-meter relay team earns the bronze -- giving Ohno his third medal in Vancouver and his eighth overall -- but the night belongs to the hosts:

Hamelin follows his victory in the 500 meters by leading Canada to gold in the 5,000, with a total time among the four team members of 6 minutes 44.24 seconds.

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For a moment, it appeared Apolo Anton Ohno would collect his third medal of the Vancouver Olympics and the eighth of his record-setting short-track speedskating career.

But the moment, as they so often are in the frenetic sport, was fleeting. Two skaters had wiped out around the final turn of the 500-meters race, and Ohno, in the fourth and final position and struggling to find an opening, appeared to be a possible culprit. The replay confirmed as much to official, and instead of owning a silver medal, Ohno was disqualified.

Replay showed that Ohno made slight contact -- grazed is probably the operative word -- with Canada's Francois-Louis Tremblay while coming around the final turn. It's debatable whether it actually affected Trembley, but a split-second later he went sprawling into the boards, as did Korea's Si-Bak Sung almost immediately thereafter.

Ohno crossed the line, wobbling, behind gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Canada, who was the only racer to make it through the race cleanly. Ohno smiled but did not celebrate after the race; the look on his face seemed to suggest he knew this one was going to a jury, and the verdict wasn't certain to go in his favor.

Hamelin took the gold in 40.981 seconds. Silver went to Sung, while Tremblay took the bronze. Had everyone remained upright, Ohno would have been stride-for-stride with Tremblay for the bronze.

Coincidentally, Ohno advanced to the finals by avoiding crashes in both of his first two heats.

All together now:

That's short track!

Ohno does have a shot at one more medal tonight, in the 5,000-meter relay finals, which are coming up shortly.

And we shouldn't neglect to mention that the US team already has secured one medal tonight at Pacific Coliseum -- Katherine Reutter won the silver medal in women’s 1,000-metter short-track.


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