Skater Park Seung-hi Bears Rotten Luck with Fortitude

Short track skater Park Seung-hi met with misfortune during the women's 500-m final at the Sochi Winter Olympics and had to content herself with the bronze medal.

Park bolted to the front and was in the lead on Thursday when British skater Elise Christie fell and took her and Italy's Arianna Fontana down in the race at the Iceberg Skating Palace.

Park Seung-hi loses her balance as Elise Christie falls during the womens short track skating 500-m final at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi on Thursday. Park Seung-hi loses her balance as Elise Christie falls during the women's short track skating 500-m final at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi on Thursday.

China's Li Jianrou, who was trailing, won the gold medal by default, and Park ended up coming last, though she was later bumped up to third when Christie was disqualified and won bronze.

It was still Korea's first medal in the women's 500 m in short track skating since Chun Lee-kyung at Nagano in 1998.

Park decided to pull out of the 1,500 m event in Sochi on Saturday as her knee is injured, and to focus on the 3,000 m relay and 1,000 m.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 14, 2014 12:24 KST