A Chinese speed skater marked a marker underneath one’s skateboard Canadian opponentcaused her to fall in the quarter-finals of the Olympic women’s 500 meter short track speed skating on Monday?
Onlookers swear they saw Chinese star Fan Kexin, 28, reach over another competitor’s legs and flick a marker towards the left track of Canadian figure skater Alyson Charles, 23 age.
It came in the last turn of the final lap of the race. Fans are following Charles, who is in second place. The first two skaters to cross the finish line were guaranteed a place in the semi-finals.
The marker hit Charles’ skates, causing her to wipe out and knock out Fan with her.
Footage circulating on social media seems to show Fan’s hand in contact with the marker, but in an odd situation, it was Canadian skater Florence Brunelle who was eliminated from the race.
After the chaos on the Beijing track, Olympic fans quickly returned to the scene.
“Checking the footage… it was the Chinese opponent who marked Alyson Charles’s path, not Florence… she really didn’t touch it in any way… Fan’s arm on the side before obstructing Florence then touching the marker with her hand then flicking it,” Twitter user Glen Molloy said.
“Holy mackerel! You can see the second Chinese skater push the pole at the Canadian’s feet. Am I correct in this interpretation? ” user Mary Mullen answered.
“Kexin fans really pushed the marker on Canadians! What are you talking about lol, she cheats,” wrote another Twitter user.
Canadian teammate Kim Boutin won the race in the semi-finals. Brunelle is second.
However, Brunelle was disqualified for making an illegal inward pass earlier in the race, her second penalty in the Olympics.
Charles was allowed to advance to the semi-finals after the umpires ruled that she would have finished second in the race if she hadn’t fallen, and the crash was not her fault.
Boutin went on to win bronze in the event’s final, while Italy’s Arianna Fontana took the gold and the Netherlands’ Suzanne Schults took the silver.
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