Amanda Overland fifth in 1,500 metre

Favorite Jin Sun-yu and Choi Eun-kyung led a 1-2 South Korean medal charge in the women's 1,500-metre short-track speedskating final Saturday, with Chinese 500 champion Wang Meng taking bronze.

Amanda Overland of Kitchener, Ont., skating in her first Olympic final was fifth.

Three South Koreans crossed the finish first but Byun Chun-sa was disqualified for impeding, giving Wang her second medal.

Jin, the 2005 world champion, has finished in the top three at every World Cup meet this season. Byun was a consistent top-four finisher.

Jin finished the race in two minutes 23.494 seconds, over half a second ahead of her teammate.

Overland skated near the lead for the first few laps, but dropped back toward the finish to cross in 2:26.495.

Anouk Leblanc-Boucher of Prevost, Que., bronze medallist in the women's 500 metres earlier in the week, was fourth in her 1,500-metre heat Saturday and didn't advance.

There was also disappointment on the men's side as Eric Bedard of Ste-Thecle, Que., was disqualified in the semifinal of the men's 1,000-metre final. Bedard crossed the line in third place and wouldn't have advanced regardless, but was DQ'ed afterwards for bumping Li JiaJun of China.

Francois-Louis Tremblay of Alma, Que., was disqualified in his heat of the men's 1,000 and so didn't move on.



Source: Canadian Press