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Crash collects Emily Scott in short track 1500m final; Yang defends gold

Emily Scott

Emily Scott of the United States practices during a short track speedskating practice session at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Scott has overcome money troubles and family strife to realize her goal of competing in the Olympics. Along the way, the 24-year-old short track skater from Springfield, Mo., has picked up hundreds of fans who shelled out as little as $5 to help her stay in training. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Darron Cummings

After advancing into the “A” Final of the women’s short track 1500m final, Emily Scott of the U.S. was collected in a three-person incident with eight laps to go in the race, which was won by Zhou Yang of China.

Scott had taken a brief lead early, but was running in the pack when another skater lost control and fell, taking Scott and a third skater into the boards.

The Springfield, Missouri native was credited with a fifth place finish.

The race continued on, and it was Yang that emerged with the win over Korea’s Shim Suk-Hee and Italy’s Arianna Fontana to defend her Olympic title from four years ago in Vancouver.

In the undercard “B” Final, Scott’s U.S. compatriot, Jessica Smith, finished second after using the outside line to her advantage to take the lead in mid-race.

Canada’s Valerie Maltais, however, took the lead from Smith with three laps to go and quickly left Smith and the rest of the field behind.

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1. Yang Zhou (CHN), 2:19.140
2. Shim Suk-Hee (KOR), 2:19.239
3. Arianna Fontana (ITA), 2:19.416
5. Emily Scott (USA), 2:39.436
7. Jessica Smith (USA - 2nd in B Final)

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