published Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Ohno disqualified in 500 short track final

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    USA's Apolo Anton Ohno, left, reacts as he crosses the finish line as South Korea's Sung Si-Bak, lies on the ice, during the men's 500m finals short track skating competition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Feb. 26, 2010. Ohno was disqualified in the final, apparently for causing a crash in the last turn. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Apolo Anton Ohno has been disqualified in the 500-meter short track speedskating final, apparently for causing a crash in the last turn.

Ohno crossed the finish line second behind Canada's Charles Hamelin, whose momentum spun him into the middle of the ice as the race ended Friday night.

Ohno was last when he tried to go inside of Canadian Francois-Louis Tremblay on the final turn. The American's right leg appeared to hit Tremblay and sent him crashing into the padding.

South Korea's Sung Si-bak also went down, although it appeared he lost his balance.

After several minutes of discussion, the referees DQ'd Ohno, who threw up his arms as if to say, "What can you do?" and smiled.

Hamelin won the gold. Sung took silver and Tremblay got bronze.

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