Victor An of Russia, centre, Vladimir Grigorev of Russia, left, and Sjinkie Knegt of Netherlands walk to the podium during the flower ceremony for the
Victor An of Russia, centre, Vladimir Grigorev of Russia, left, and Sjinkie Knegt of Netherlands walk to the podium during the flower ceremony for the men's 1000m short track speedskating final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. An placed first, followed by Grigorev and Knegt. ((AP Photo/Darron Cummings))

SOCHI, Russia -- Viktor Ahn easily qualified for the semifinals of the 1,000-meter short track event, with two other Russians, China and South Korea moving on.

Americans J.R. Celski and Eddy Alvarez were eliminated in separate crashes Saturday at the Iceberg Skating Palace.

Also qualifying for the semis later in the day were Chinese Han Tianyu and Wu Dajing, along with South Koreans Sin Da-won and Lee Han-bin. Vladimir Grigorev and Semen Elistratov joined countryman Ahn in the next round.

Celski clipped a lane marker in a turn and went down while racing second in the last of four quarterfinals. Alvarez was taken out by 1,500 Olympic champion Charles Hamelin of Canada, who also crashed out. Alvarez got up and finished skating while holding his face, apparently injured in the crash.




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