J. R. Celski in this January 5, 2014 file photo in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/Agence France-Presse
MANILA (2nd UPDATE) – Filipino-American skater JR Celski missed the cut for an Olympic bronze medal in short track skating in Sochi, Russia.
Celski, who represents the US, qualified for the semifinal round of the 1500-m short track skating event in the Winter Olympics but finished behind third placer Victor An of Russia.
Celski clocked in at 2:15:624, while An submitted a time of 2:15:062.
Charles Hamelin of Canada topped the event with 2:14:985, followed by Tianyu Han of China (2:15:055).
The 23-year-old skater, who won bronze in the 1500-m and the 5000-m relay of the 2010 Winter Olympics, will still compete in the 1,000-m and 500-m short track events.
He will also join 4 other American speed skaters in the 5000 meter relay.
The other Filipinos competing in Sochi are Gilmore Junio, who represents Canada, and Michael Christian Martinez, the Philippines' sole representative to the Games.
Junio will be competing in the 500-m long track, while Martinez will compete in figure skating.