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Dutch speedskater Ter Mors advances in short track
Ter Mors advances in short track; American J.R. Celski makes 500 semifinals despite falling
By BETH HARRIS
Associated Press
2014-02-22 03:01 AM

SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- Jorien ter Mors of the Netherlands finished second in her heat of 1,000-meter Olympic short track to advance about two hours after skating in the long track team pursuit on Friday night.

She helped the Dutch women set an Olympic record in reaching the semifinals. Ter Mors rushed from Adler Arena to Iceberg Skating Palace for short track, trying to become the first skater to win medals in long and short track skating at the Olympics. She already claimed gold in the 1,500 at long track.

J.R. Celski fell on his own in the 500 meters, but the American advanced to the semifinals after another skater was disqualified.

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

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.

Jessica Smith of Melvindale, Mich., won her 1,000 heat to advance to the semifinals later in the evening. She led the entire race, holding off 500 gold medalist Li Jianrou, who also advanced.

Arianna Fontana fell in her heat and was disqualified for impeding, ending the Italian's Olympics. She won three medals in short track at these games. Fontana cut in close on Fan Kexin in a turn, and the Chinese put her arm on Fontana to steady herself.

In the same heat, Emily Scott of Springfield, Mo., was eliminated after she fell and slid across the finish line in third. Only the top two skaters in each heat advanced to the semifinals.

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