From left, J.R. Celski of the United States, Satoshi Sakashita of Japan, Han Tianyu of China, and Park Se-Yeong of South Korea start in a men's 500m short track speedskating quarterfinal at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Celski falls but judges advance him in short track

February 21, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) J.R. Celski fell on his own in 500-meter short track, but the American advanced to the semifinals after another skater was disqualified.

Celski wiped out in a turn with two laps to go Friday night after avoiding trouble when Japanese skater Satoshi Sakashita earlier went down in front of him.

The judges disqualified Park Se-yeong of South Korea for impeding, and advanced Celski and Sakashita to the semis later in the evening. Celski, of Federal Way, Wash., overcame a false start in his heat, won by Han Tianyu of China.

Viktor Ahn of Russia easily won his heat, keeping alive his bid to win the only Olympic short race that has eluded him in his career.

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