Fil-Am speed skater Celski disqualified in Winter Olympics event

Posted at 02/22/10 1:19 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-American speed skater J.R. Celski and Vancouver 2010 bronze medalist J.R. Celski was disqualified in the men's 1000-meter short track speed skating event in the ongoing Olympic Winter Games in Canada.

Celski was disqualified after turning in a best time of 1:24.621 at the Pacific Coliseum, according to the Winter Olympics website.

Marv Dumon of Examiner.com reported that Canadian Francois Hamelin “bumped Celski from behind which caused a split-second reaction from the Filipino American and Federal Way, Washington native.”

He continued, “Judges ruled that Celski knocked the Canadian Hamelin to the ground, which earned the former a disqualification.  Additionally, it was ruled that Celski was not in qualifying position when the bump took place, albeit he was milliseconds away from such a qualifying position (second place).”

Dumon also noted that the crowd booed upon learning the news of Celski’s disqualification.

South Korean Lee Jung-Su ruled the men’s 1000 m short track speed skating event while his compatriot Lee Ho-Suk settled for the silver medal. Celski’s fellow American Apolo Anton Ohno took home the bronze medal.

The 19-year-old Fil-Am won a bronze medal in the men’s 1500 m short track speed skating category last week.

He battled from an injury which he sustained 5 months ago to finish 3rd with a best time of 2:12.460. He trailed silver medalist Ohno (2:11.072) and gold medalist Lee Jung-Su (2:10.949).

The half-Filipino half-Polish speed skater, meantime, will compete in the men’s 5000 m relay finals on February 26.

The Winter Olympics in Vancouver will end on February 28.

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