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Christie plans on beating boyfriend in medal race

By Matt McGeehan

Elise Christie screamed from the stands as her boyfriend Shaolin Liu narrowly missed out on his first Winter Olympic medal by finishing fifth in the men's 1500m short-track final on Saturday.

But now the 27-year-old Scot is determined to earn bragging rights by beating her partner to the Olympic podium when she returns to the ice on Tuesday in the women's 500m.

Hungarian Liu, whom Christie has been dating for three years, won World Championship gold in Seoul in 2016, one year before Christie broke her own global duck with a trio of golds in Rotterdam. Liu said: "At the start of the 2016 season Elise said we were both going to be world champions together, so when I won mine she was a bit pissed and said, 'you didn't wait for me'.

"So she said before these Olympics that if I am going to win a medal before her she's going to kick my ass.

"Maybe that's why I felt so nervous."

Christie blazed through her opening 500m heat in what was briefly an Olympic record time on Saturday, moments before Liu started his own quest for a medal at the Gangneung Ice Arena.

Liu was advanced to an unprecedented nine-man final after a semi-final fall, but could not trouble the medal placings in a race in which Hyojun Lim claimed the hosts' first gold of the Games amid scenes of wild celebrations.

Liu and his younger brother Shaoang, who is is also competing in Pyeongchang and was eliminated in the 1500m semi-finals, were born in Budapest to a Chinese father and Hungarian mother.

Having taken up short-track at an early age, their respective careers took off when their father used his connections with his homeland to secure them a year's training place with the respected Chinese squad.

Meanwhile, Great Britain's Andrew Musgrave finished a valiant seventh as Norway claimed a clean sweep of the podium in the men's 30-kilometres skiathlon on day two of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

The 27-year-old Scot, at his third Olympics, was sixth with 7.5km remaining and moved into second with little more than 5km to go.

Musgrave was behind only Norway's Simen Hegstad Kruger, who had a clear lead, as the skiers entered the stadium for the final time, with 3.75km remaining.

Kruger held on to claim gold, with his compatriots Martin Johnsrud Sundby second and Hans Christer Holund third. Musgrave was 25.7 seconds behind.

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